ANDRO launches new platform

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The end of 2020 marked an important milestone for ANDRO Computational Solutions of Rome, the culmination of a 3-year, $7 million effort funded by the Department of Defense to develop a new solution for revolutionizing wireless communications and information/data sharing using a dynamic spectrum access/sharing (DSA/S) policy-based platform.

The platform was recently extended to launch an enhanced spectrum access system called XSAS to manage coexistent commercial and military systems. The new platform optimizes advancements in digital radio and cellular device communications using agile spectrum to replace today’s outdated, static spectrum policy rooted in the late 1800s, ANDRO officials said.

According to current federal spectrum policy, any electronic device intended for use in a specific geographic region is assigned a fixed frequency band and power level in accordance with federal regulatory standards imposed by the Federal Communications Commission for civilian/commercial use or the National Telecommunications Information Agency for military use.

The average smart phone or radio receiver operates on that basic premise – device operation is not permitted to stray from its assigned regulatory limits on performance.

Drozd credits his ANDRO team led by Timothy O. Woods, technical program manager, for successfully developing and demonstrating the new DSA/S policy-based approach. Woods further credits the support of his team that includes Chris Maracchion, Sean Furman, John Hrabik, Katlyn Goode, and Joe McCoy. “This is the cornerstone in building a coalition and a planned rollout to achieve the current administration’s spectrum modernization goals,” said Woods. ANDRO’s DSA/S policy-based system originally grew out of efforts to meet defense industry DSA goals on behalf of the National Spectrum Consortium, Air Force Research Laboratory, and several other defense agencies.

According to Drozd, ANDRO is working with Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., to support the information technology and spectrum modernization agenda and to increase awareness of those within the Biden administration on strategies for spectrum policy reform.

“To realize this future, we must think in terms of virtualization, disaggregation, openness, monetization, and communications at the “edge” where high volume wireless data transactions are taking place, and where spectrum is a natural resource — a commodity that can be monetized.We need to enable 5G and beyond for the exponential growth in users, devices, and data transactions by anybody, anytime, anyplace, at any frequency, and for any device,” said Drozd.

ANDRO continues to develop government and industry partnerships to bring the platform and services to market through its Rome operations.For more information, go to www.androcs.com.

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