DARPA seeks mapping of RF spectrum for deployed troops

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Advanced RF Mapping (RadioMap) program is seeking proposers with expertise in cognitive radio, radio environment mapping and radio device software development for a Proposers’ Day on March 14, the agency said.

The program seeks provide real-time awareness of radio spectrum use across frequency, geography and time so spectrum managers and automatic spectrum allocation systems can operate more efficiently, reducing the problems caused by spectrum congestion, DARPA also said.

Another goal of the RadioMap program is to help small tactical units such as platoons or companies that rarely carry equipment for monitoring radio emissions. With RadioMap, the radios already carried by these units would do double duty to inform the troops about nearby threats and opportunities that are visible in the RF spectrum, DARPA added.

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