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North American OTIC in Central Iowa (ARA)

General information:

Full name of OTIC: North American OTIC in Central Iowa (ARA)

Correspondence address: 311 Durham Center, 613 Morrill Road, Ames, Iowa 50011, USA

Link to OTIC web site: https://wici.iastate.edu/otic

E-mail address: otic@arawireless.org

ARA-OTIC is an O-RAN Open Testing and Integration Centre (OTIC) hosted by the Center for Wireless, Communities, and Innovation (WiCI) at Iowa State University (ISU). ARA is a part of the NSF Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program, and it is a large-scale, real-world experimental infrastructure for advanced wireless research that is deployed in central Iowa (see ARA Wireless Living Lab ). ARA-OTIC utilizes the large-scale field deployment of wireless x-haul and access infrastructures as well as edge and cloud computing resources, and it also includes an indoor sandbox for testing and integration purposes.

As an OTIC, ARA-OTIC provides services for testing and integrating O-RAN technologies. Beyond offering standard OTIC services, ARA-OTIC focuses on promoting the openness of O-RAN in research and innovation by providing a unique platform for researchers and innovators in industry and academia to test their O-RAN algorithms and devices in both outdoor and indoor environments with remote access support.

ARA-OTIC also enables clients to conduct experiments in diverse agriculture and rural settings, ranging from state of the art crop and livestock farms to rural cities and including user equipment such as agriculture vehicles, robots, drones, sensors, as well as public safety vehicles and facilities. To facilitate experimentation, ARA-OTIC has deployed multi-modal, long-distance, and high-capacity wireless x-haul platforms ranging from free space optical (194THz) to mmWAve (71-86GHz)  and microwave (11GHz) bands, as well as advanced wireless access platforms such as low-UHF massive MIMO systems, software-defined-radio (SDR) and programmable commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) 5G systems, and open-source 5G-and-beyond software systems.


Name: Tianyi Zhang
Telephone number: +1 857 242 8034
E-mail: tianyiz@iastate.edu
Responsibilities/ duties: ARA-OTIC Technical Leader

Name: Hongwei Zhang
Telephone number: +1 515 294 2143
E-Mail: hongwei@iastate.edu
Responsibilities/ duties: Professor and WiCI Center Director


Iowa State University