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Alion to Provide Modeling and Simulation to Help Ease Spectrum Overcrowding

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Data-Intensive Combat(click to view larger) Alion Science and Technology in McLean, VA received a $7.8 million contract to provide spectrum modeling, simulation, analysis, certification and automation services to the US Army Spectrum Management Office. For the modern US Army, the many voice and data communications, sensors, intelligence, and weapons systems require sufficient spectrum to operate effectively. Under the contract, Alion will provide modeling and simulation support to help the Army avoid spectrum conflicts due to environmental issues, technical difficulties, electromagnetic interference, and overcrowding resulting from too many wireless systems using the same bandwidth. Work under this contract will contribute to the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Wireless Network after Next (WNAN) program… The WNAN program intends to use inexpensive, high-volume, commercial off-the-shelf hardware components combined with adaptive wireless network software operating over densely-deployed, low-cost wireless nodes, with the aim of putting a reliable communications radio into the hands of every soldier. Under the Army contract, Alion will research and identify RF spectrum management and modeling issues associated with WNAN and make recommendations for effectively addressing spectrum issues. According to Alion, “WNAN technology involves communications and sensor systems that can dynamically sense, characterize, react and adapt to changing network conditions, […]

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