Booz Allen opened 5G lab in Annapolis Junction, Maryland to support mission critical applications
Information technology consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton earlier this week opened a 5G lab in Annapolis Junction, Md., To support critical client work. In addition to providing Booz Allen’s knowledge of cloud, networking and security, the lab houses a carrier-grade standalone 5G (SA) network, comprising an SA mobile core, radio access network (RAN) and mobile edge computing, enabling multi-band testing across devices and enhanced research and development capabilities.
According to the company, the lab will be used to test cyber resilience, artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI / ML) modeling, integrated IoT and application development.
“Both the public and private sectors are grappling with 5G, and initial promises of higher data rates, lower latency, increased capacity, and the resulting technology applications quickly shifted concern towards the underlying security risks. The same technology that improves operations can create new vulnerabilities that hinder operations, ”said Chris Christou, vice president of Booz Allen and head of the company’s 5G portfolio. “This complex balance between operability and security is exactly why Booz Allen has invested in a test environment that allows us to research and develop new 5G-enabled platforms and guide continued adoption by customers. customers with new technologies and capabilities, while keeping them secure. “
Built on what the company has called “a holistic approach to 5G security,” the lab will enable many capabilities, including identifying and prioritizing high impact 5G use cases on mission and development. policies and standards for the operation and management of the 5G ecosystem. The lab will also provide space to build 5G mission platforms and applications by designing secure network architectures, complete network slicing and radio frequency / spectra engineering and integrate the full stack of ecosystem technologies. 5G, as well as additional applications around security and research.
Booz Allen has served as a system integrator for members of Qualcomm’s Smart Cities Acceleration Program since September 2021. The program, launched in 2019 as part of the Qualcomm Advantage Network, is designed to connect cities, municipalities, government agencies and businesses with an ecosystem of suppliers to improve efficiency, savings, safety and sustainability. Additionally, in March of this year, the company won $ 600 million contracts from the U.S. Department of Defense for integrate technologies based on 5G in training and networks at five military sites.