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  1. Reality Check: Riding the mmWave to 5G,

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    By Kevin Kelly, CEO, LGS Innovations
    RCR Wireless
    April 25, 2017
    http://www.rcrwireless.com/20170425/opinion/reality-check-riding-the-mmwave-to-5g

    One of the main goals for the next generation in wireless mobile communications, or 5G, is to maximize capacity. Not only will we continue to see ongoing improvement in data connection rates, but also new advances in making the most of finite spectrum resources. Given the exponential increases in demand for spectrum, 5G presents more challenges than simply relying on Moore’s Law-like growth to magically increase the download speeds of our video-streaming services.

    In addition to serving growing numbers of mobile users, 5G must also accommodate a tsunami of connected, low-power, internet of things (IoT) devices, while maintaining network reliability, improving security, and keeping network costs under control. Leveraging 5G benefits will require a series of tradeoff decisions to balance the needs of mission-critical applications such as healthcare, defense, and self-driving cars with these ever-increasing demands for network capacity.

    To fully leverage 5G, we’ll have to do more with existing spectrum under 6 GHz and attack the technical challenges associated with newly-available high frequency spectrum over 6 GHz, also called millimeter-wave, or mmWave. This spectrum offers tantalizingly large swaths of bandwidth, but taking advantage of it will require new approaches.

    Millimeter-wave communications are currently used for the fixed links between cell towers, called backhaul. These systems often have fixed antenna dishes pointing at each other and are highly regulated to avoid interference between links. Dishes don’t make sense in a 5G world, where everyone is on the go and antennas need to be tiny so they can be integrated into mobile phones and other gadgets.

    Technologies which were recently only relevant to military applications will need to be leveraged to make mmWave useful for everyday mobile users. These new approaches to maximizing available spectrum include digital beamforming to electronically steer communication beams and space-time-adaptive processing (STAP) to overcome challenging RF channel conditions. As existing LTE cellular bands continue to mature, dynamic band balancing and integration with legacy infrastructure will be essential.

    While it hasn’t yet seen wide commercial adoption, the latest 802.11ad WiGig style of Wi-Fi already operates in the 60 GHz mmWave band. It embodies new advances required by 5G, such as digital beam-steering, and it provides a good technical foundation and starting point for meeting some aspects of the 5G standard.

    There is also much more that could be leveraged by creating more intelligent and predictive networking software. Pushing analytics and learning algorithms into the cellular network will help to maximize the benefits and utility of 5G. These kinds of technological advances, built on existing solutions and expertise in RF networking, phased-array antennas, signal processing, and advanced software capabilities, will be necessary to achieve the desired benefits of 5G networks.

  1. Kevin Kelly on Federal News Radio: Federal Tech Talk,

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    April 7, 2017
    http://federalnewsradio.com/federal-tech-talk/2017/04/the-culture-of-innovation/

    The Culture of Innovation

    Today’s guest  LGS Innovations CEO Kevin Kelly. Kevin started off at Bell Labs has stayed with the essential parts of the company that handles federal government contracts.  Today, LGS Innovations is comprised of over 750 scientists and engineers who work on complex problems for many federal agencies.

    During the interview, Kelly details many of the ways LGS promotes innovation. For example, they support many local STEM initiative including a K -12 STEM symposium that attracted over 3,000 students.

    When the typical listener hears about a company who works on inventing new ways to manage spectrum for federal communications you ask if they “eat their own dog food.”  They do.

    LGS Innovations has borrowed a concept from Bell Labs and calls it the Innovator’s Showcase.  LGS allows employees to “pitch” new ideas to the management team.  In true “shark tank” fashion, the bad ideas are discounted and the good ideas are rewarded.  In fact, in 2017 the Innovator’s Showcase or LGS employees resulted in creative new ideas involving RF Photonics, Big Data Analytics, 4D sonar, and cybersecurity.

    The culture of innovation started by Bell labs lives on in the activities of LGS innovators.

  1. Reality Check: Riding the mmWave to 5G,

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    By Kevin Kelly, CEO, LGS Innovations
    RCR Wireless
    April 25, 2017
    http://www.rcrwireless.com/20170425/opinion/reality-check-riding-the-mmwave-to-5g

    One of the main goals for the next generation in wireless mobile communications, or 5G, is to maximize capacity. Not only will we continue to see ongoing improvement in data connection rates, but also new advances in making the most of finite spectrum resources. Given the exponential increases in demand for spectrum, 5G presents more challenges than simply relying on Moore’s Law-like growth to magically increase the download speeds of our video-streaming services.

    In addition to serving growing numbers of mobile users, 5G must also accommodate a tsunami of connected, low-power, internet of things (IoT) devices, while maintaining network reliability, improving security, and keeping network costs under control. Leveraging 5G benefits will require a series of tradeoff decisions to balance the needs of mission-critical applications such as healthcare, defense, and self-driving cars with these ever-increasing demands for network capacity.

    To fully leverage 5G, we’ll have to do more with existing spectrum under 6 GHz and attack the technical challenges associated with newly-available high frequency spectrum over 6 GHz, also called millimeter-wave, or mmWave. This spectrum offers tantalizingly large swaths of bandwidth, but taking advantage of it will require new approaches.

    Millimeter-wave communications are currently used for the fixed links between cell towers, called backhaul. These systems often have fixed antenna dishes pointing at each other and are highly regulated to avoid interference between links. Dishes don’t make sense in a 5G world, where everyone is on the go and antennas need to be tiny so they can be integrated into mobile phones and other gadgets.

    Technologies which were recently only relevant to military applications will need to be leveraged to make mmWave useful for everyday mobile users. These new approaches to maximizing available spectrum include digital beamforming to electronically steer communication beams and space-time-adaptive processing (STAP) to overcome challenging RF channel conditions. As existing LTE cellular bands continue to mature, dynamic band balancing and integration with legacy infrastructure will be essential.

    While it hasn’t yet seen wide commercial adoption, the latest 802.11ad WiGig style of Wi-Fi already operates in the 60 GHz mmWave band. It embodies new advances required by 5G, such as digital beam-steering, and it provides a good technical foundation and starting point for meeting some aspects of the 5G standard.

    There is also much more that could be leveraged by creating more intelligent and predictive networking software. Pushing analytics and learning algorithms into the cellular network will help to maximize the benefits and utility of 5G. These kinds of technological advances, built on existing solutions and expertise in RF networking, phased-array antennas, signal processing, and advanced software capabilities, will be necessary to achieve the desired benefits of 5G networks.

  2. LGS CEO Kevin Kelly Named Finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Award in the Mid-Atlantic Region,

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    EY Announces Finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Award in the Mid-Atlantic Region

    CityBizList
    April 24, 2017
    http://dc.citybizlist.com/article/415164/ey-announces-finalists-for-the-entrepreneur-of-the-year-2017-award-in-the-mid-atlantic-region 

    EY today announced the finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Award in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. These business leaders were selected by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala on June 15, 2017 at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner.

    Now in its 31st year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.

    Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall National Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 18, 2017. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum™, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco in June 2018.

  3. Kevin Kelly on Federal News Radio: Federal Tech Talk,

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    April 7, 2017
    http://federalnewsradio.com/federal-tech-talk/2017/04/the-culture-of-innovation/

    The Culture of Innovation

    Today’s guest  LGS Innovations CEO Kevin Kelly. Kevin started off at Bell Labs has stayed with the essential parts of the company that handles federal government contracts.  Today, LGS Innovations is comprised of over 750 scientists and engineers who work on complex problems for many federal agencies.

    During the interview, Kelly details many of the ways LGS promotes innovation. For example, they support many local STEM initiative including a K -12 STEM symposium that attracted over 3,000 students.

    When the typical listener hears about a company who works on inventing new ways to manage spectrum for federal communications you ask if they “eat their own dog food.”  They do.

    LGS Innovations has borrowed a concept from Bell Labs and calls it the Innovator’s Showcase.  LGS allows employees to “pitch” new ideas to the management team.  In true “shark tank” fashion, the bad ideas are discounted and the good ideas are rewarded.  In fact, in 2017 the Innovator’s Showcase or LGS employees resulted in creative new ideas involving RF Photonics, Big Data Analytics, 4D sonar, and cybersecurity.

    The culture of innovation started by Bell labs lives on in the activities of LGS innovators.

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