Pivotal Commware Finds Keyhole for Operation Allies Welcome
by Kent Lundgren, VP of Marketing
In late 2021 the Federal Government processed 75,000 Afghan refugees through eight military bases for resettlement in the U.S. Civilian contractors were hired to plan and build temporary housing as quickly as possible. This exercise involved moving terabytes of high accuracy LIDAR terrain data.
For Marine Corps Base Quantico, Pivotal demonstrated that mmWave could not only accelerate high speed Internet access to on-base civilian contractors, but also, in the future, move terabytes of LIDAR data. Figure 1 shows how a Pivot 5G® network repeater, installed in less than 15 minutes, was used to extend mmWave coverage 544 feet beyond the gNB’s line-of-sight to the contractors’ RV camp. 4G Internet access speed to the camp improved from 1-9 Mbps down and less than 1 Mbps up to 340 Mbps down and 75 Mbps up.
But the real hero in this project was Pivotal’s network modelling tool, WaveScape™, whose purpose was to find the best location for the Pivot. WaveScape identified an obscure path, or keyhole, in the forest that separated the Pivot from the gNB. See Figures 1 and 2. The keyhole could have been found eventually by technicians taking measurements in the forest. WaveScape found it in seconds.
Pivotal’s mmWave product ecosystem – WaveScape, Pivot 5G, Echo 5G® and Intelligent Beam Management System – quickly extends coverage to where and when it’s needed. Pivotal Commware is proud to have played a useful role in Operation Allies Welcome.