5G to be tested for AR, VR, and logistics at Hill Air Force Base

OGSEN, Utah. 5G testing at Hill Air Force Base in Ogsen, Utah will focus on using the technology in congested environments with high-power, mid-band radars, the base announced. The base was selected for its ability to provide streamlined access to site spectrum bands, mature fiber, and wireless infrastructure, as well as support for new infrastructure requirements and the ability to conduct controlled experimentation with high-power radars, according to a news release.

At the end of October, the Department of Defense announced that Hill had been selected, along with three other military bases, to test 5G technology in a series of experiments designed for military and civilian relevance.

5G is the fifth generation of cellular technology. Compared to 4G, it can support 10 times the density of devices in the same amount of space.

Research at all four sites, which will take place in cooperation with industry and government agencies, is to investigate integrating augmented and virtual reality into planning and training, as well as evaluating 5G's ability to enhance logistics operations through the use of "smart warehouses."