LGS Innovations to Provide Radio Frequency Interference Monitoring Systems to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Herndon, Va. (March 13, 2018) – LGS Innovations, a technology company providing specialized mission-critical communication research and solutions, was advised by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that it has been awarded $8.5M toward a potential $204M NOAA Radio Frequency Interference Monitoring System (RFIMS) contract. RFIMS is a five-year contract to develop, produce, install, and maintain a radio frequency interference monitor system to mitigate the risk of potential interference by commercial wireless carriers sharing the spectrum with NOAA satellite operations. Other affected government departments such as the Departments of Defense and Interior ground stations may also benefit from the development of the RFIMS and awarded contract.
Under the terms of the contract, LGS Innovations will deliver frequency spectrum monitoring between NOAA and wireless carriers, provide real-time detection of “interference events,” classify the types of RF interference it detects, and provide real-time notifications to both NOAA operators and the wireless carriers of any detected interference.
“Spectrum is not a renewable resource. With a limited number of radio frequencies allocated for mobile services and a high demand placed on these frequencies, dynamic spectrum co-use is becoming more important,” said Kevin Kelly, CEO of LGS Innovations. “LGS is proud to be a part of the RFIMS program, which will provide spectrum monitoring between NOAA satellite operations and commercial wireless carriers, to identify any potential interference between both services.”
LGS Innovations has formed a team that includes partners selected for exemplary performance, unique and complementary capabilities, and a command of the NOAA mission and systems for RFIMS. These include Solers and Science and Technology Corporation (STC), who bring multi-disciplinary engineering expertise and NOAA domain knowledge; and Tower Engineering Professionals (TEP), one of the largest U.S. telecommunication tower engineering firms. Other strategic partnerships for this contract include Digital Global Systems (DGS), a specialist in the delivery of advanced, real-time RF spectrum analysis and monitoring; and SMA, a recognized expert with EVMS.