Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR)
ENABLE: A Platform to Support Human Enablement through at-Scale Advanced Wireless Research
What is PAWR?
The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program aims to support advanced wireless research platforms conceived by the U.S. academic and industrial wireless research community. PAWR will enable experimental exploration of robust new wireless devices, communication techniques, networks, systems, and services that will revolutionize the nation’s wireless ecosystem, thereby enhancing broadband connectivity, leveraging the emerging Internet of Things (IoT), and sustaining U.S. leadership and economic competitiveness for decades to come.
What is ENABLE?
ENABLE is a city-scale, collaborative, open access, programmable platform aimed at accelerating wireless technologies. Creating an information ecosystem to support transformative research, ENABLE offers deeply programmable computing capabilities and pervasive monitoring.
Experts anticipate as many as 30 billion connected devices globally by 2020. Consequently, there is a need to bring together communities of researchers, experimenters and developers in wireless technologies to address growing needs of ultra-high-speed, high-bandwidth and low-latency (rapid-response) wireless connectivity.
ENABLE will bridge the gap between academic research and citizens, improving the human condition by making wireless networks pervasive, smart, resilient and secure.
ENABLE’s disruptive research outcomes will:
- Accelerate healthcare delivery with research on wearable healthcare devices;
- Improve transportation and public services through IoT research; and
- Enhance public safety by allowing innovative, end-to-end security research with the wireless edge.
The ENABLE core team is comprised of leading researchers from NC State University, the Wireless Research Center of North Carolina, RENCI at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MCNC, and the City of Raleigh.
The team has a successful history of leading research, development and implementation of large-scale testbeds and telecommunication networks connecting academic, commercial and government communities, with deep expertise and experience in wireless and network engineering, infrastructure deployment and operations management.
- NC State: Lead institution for ASSIST (NSF ERC on Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies) and FREEDM (NSF ERC on Smart Grid); CentMesh (a remotely accessible, campus-wide outside plant programmable wireless testbed); Center for Next Generation IT Systems; Laboratory for Analytical Sciences; Smart Cities Initiative; PowerAmerica (more efficient drive electronics for RF antennas); Center for Geospatial Analytics; ITRE/NGAT (a consortium of more than 30 academia, industry, and government members for UAS technologies)
- RENCI: ExoGENI – a testbed that is part of the Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) virtual laboratory, controlled by ORCA (Open Research Control Architecture) software, used in production in the past 6 years to serve 60,000 experiments and ~1,500 unique users. The Breakable Experimental Network was created and is run by RENCI as an optical transport network interconnecting NCSU, UNC, Duke and RENCI and will serve as the basis of connecting ENABLE elements to the outside world
- Wireless Research Center: Anechoic, shielded spherical near-field antenna chamber (400MHz to 18GHz); SDR equipment for RF sensing and emulation; mobile towers for remote, in situ experimental radio deployment; antenna and propagation simulation tools; and human body phantom OTA investigations; RIoT; leader in 5G, engaged with the IEEE Standards Association, and member of the 5G IEEE Initiative
- MCNC: Middle-mile backhaul fiber facilities; co-location and datacenter space; NC Research and Education Network (NCREN) backbone connectivity and network operations center; Tier 1 commodity Internet, Internet2, and Google peering; Akamai and Netflix content cache
- City of Raleigh: LIDAR dataset; transit vehicles; infrastructure planning, permitting, deployment, maintenance
Project Advisory Committee:
- City of Raleigh
- Bristol is Open
- University of Chicago/Argonne National Lab (NSF Cloud Chameleon)
- The Centre for Space Science Technology
- SmartSky Networks
Our Value Proposition
NC State University and its partners are leaders in catalyzing and supporting the academic research community to advance scientific discovery and innovation in wireless technologies and networking. Driven by lessons learned and best practices from past platform efforts, this team will establish the ENABLE platform to enable cutting-edge research and city-scale testing beyond the current generation of wireless – beyond what has been envisioned to date.
As part of its strategic priorities, the City of Raleigh has identified 16 challenge areas that could be addressed through transformative advances in wireless technologies and networking systems. In addition, the City has initiated several collaborative efforts in the smart cities domain. The City has engaged companies such as Google, AT&T, Verizon Wireless and IBM to enable connectivity, encourage economic development and provide digital inclusion for the City. Raleigh’s proximity to Research Triangle Park, universities including NC State, Duke and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and its highly educated population make Raleigh a fertile ground for ENABLE. Furthermore, the City of Raleigh is part of the NC Ignite Gigabit Community with a rich history of telecommunications industry in the region.
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