A group of wireless technology companies — JMA, Federated Wireless, Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Vectrus and Perspecta Labs — have deployed a Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS)-enabled private 5G wireless network at the Marine Corps Logistics Command warehouse in Albany, Georgia. This new private network will support a broad set of smart warehouse use cases, including warehouse robotics, barcode scanning, and virtual reality applications.
“As a U.S.-based manufacturer and innovator, JMA was excited to be a part of an all-American team accelerating the adoption of 5G for our military’s logistics, warehousing, and maintenance,” a company spokesman said. “JMA’s software solution, XRAN, will give the base’s network an unprecedented level of flexibility. Instead of expensive hardware replacements every three to five years to keep up with technological advancements, XRAN will allow the network to quickly and continually evolve through simple software updates–all while matching the performance of the best custom hardware.”
This solution will usher in a new era of innovation and connectivity for government and military applications, and this deployment of XRAN comes at a time when the Department of Defense (DoD) is investing heavily in boosting U.S. leadership in 5G. In October 2020, DoD announced $600 million in awards for 5G experimentation and testing at five U.S. military sites, representing the largest-full scale 5G tests for military applications that also have applicability to the commercial world.
“5G policy is increasingly important for U.S. national security,” company spokesman said. “The transition to 5G is critical to continued U.S. leadership – both in business and in military applications. That’s why the ability of American companies to support the Pentagon’s efforts to strengthen the nation’s warfighting capabilities, as well as U.S. economic competitiveness is so essential.”
JMA’s private wireless network solutions for enterprises and government users are turnkey operable. Existing IT personnel can manage the network with just basic training, providing marines an opportunity to learn and evolve new core skillsets for post-service civilian careers.