Nokia Signs Research and Development Agreement with U.S. Army for Wireless Communications Protocols
November 07, 2006 - Washington, D.C. and Irving, TX, US - Nokia announced that it has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Army to evaluate Nokia technology in the areas of PCS, WCDMA 3G, GSM, WiMAX and advanced wireless networking protocols for potential military and defense applications. The CRADA with the Research, Development, and Engineering Command, Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) demonstrates the continued momentum of Nokia’s government division in the U.S., particularly its expanding relationship with the Army.
The project consists of a series of tests, demonstrations, experiments and exploratory exchange efforts that will begin in the fourth quarter of 2006 and last for five years. The devices and systems to be evaluated can potentially meet the requirements for deployed forces to have access to high-capacity throughput to support Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence information flow.
“The approach for the evaluation of Nokia’s technologies is to utilize a collaborative effort, which will leverage the strength and experience of CERDEC resources and Nokia’s technical wireless expertise,” stated a CERDEC spokesperson. “This program will evaluate the capabilities of various Nokia products and systems to determine if they can potentially meet ARMY requirements for high-speed data communications.”
“The CERDEC is one of the Army’s most prestigious R&D organizations and they are at the forefront of the potential application of commercial technology for the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security,” stated Bob Fennelly, Director of Government Systems, Networks, Nokia. “This arrangement will help the Army’s efforts to evaluate commercial technology for government applications and will greatly increase Nokia’s capabilities to provide its advanced technologies to large U.S. government communications projects.”
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