Vermont POWDER Project

Vermont Researchers Use POWDER for Unique Testing

Researchers from the University of Vermont visited Utah recently to utilize the University of Utah’s POWDER wireless communications testbed for experiments involving a new tool that helps contractors detect objects underground.

This new ground-penetrating radar system, being developed by University of Vermont mechanical engineering professor Dryver Huston and his team, is capable of looking underground about six to seven feet to detect obstacles such as electric lines, natural gas lines or water tanks. This device can help contractors locate underground utilities while digging during construction.

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Developing 5G Tech for the Government

A team led by University of Utah computer science researchers is one of 16 multidisciplinary groups selected nationwide for the first phase of a new convergence research track to develop advanced 5G communications technologies for the U.S. military, federal government and infrastructure operators.

These 16 teams, selected by the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Science Foundation, are part of Phase 1 of the Convergence Accelerator’s “Securely Operating Through 5G Infrastructure” track. For the next nine months, each team will develop its idea into a proof of concept, identify new team members and partners, and participate in the Convergence Accelerator innovation curriculum, according to the NSF. At the end of Phase 1, the teams will participate in a formal Phase 2 proposal and pitch.