5G Cellular Technology for Industrial Facility IIoT Applications

This program seeks to establish a methodology to investigate and test the various types of 5G cellular architecture, 5G cybersecurity, and IOT applications of 5G wireless technology to determine the appropriate configuration for use in manufacturing facilities. Items such as wireless sensors, control systems, and related equipment will be tested within the facility over various conditions. Test results, lessons learned, and best practices will be made available for publication. The 5G system will also serve as an ongoing testbed for industry and DoD for additional use cases in the future.

About the Project

MxD is releasing several Requests for Quotation (RFQs) to support the 5G Cellular Technology for Industrial Facility IIoT Applications program focused on establishing a methodology to investigate and test the various types of 5G cellular architecture, 5G cybersecurity, and IOT applications of 5G wireless technology to determine the appropriate configuration for use in manufacturing facilities.

All open and expected RFQs are listed below along with details on the program goals. RFQs for this program will be released on a staggered schedule. As RFQs are released, this site will be updated with relevant documents and due dates for each RFQ. Projected release dates for future RFQs are provided for informational purposes only and are subject to change.

RFQ responses for 21-18-01 5G System Configuration Research for Industrial Building Application, 21-18-02 Wired to Wireless Change Management Guide, and 21-18-03 5G Cybersecurity Reference Architecture Development are due on or before Thursday, October 13, 2022, 5:00 p.m. CT.

MxD will be releasing five additional RFQs to support this program in the coming months. The next RFQ will be a 5G System Design and Implementation and will be released by early October, followed by a set of RFQs focused on cybersecurity and testing of the installed 5G system, released in early 2023. Please check this page for updates on all open and upcoming RFQs. For questions regarding these projects or this program, please email us at projects@mxdusa.org.
     
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Portrait of Michael HowardMichael Howard is a Senior Project Engineer at MxD, responsible for managing and executing complex research and development projects among both industry and academic partners. Throughout his career in mechanical engineering and new product development, he has earned 5 design patents.

  
Portrait of Tony Del SestoTony Del Sesto is MxD's Technical Fellow where he serves as a subject matter expert for MxD project, factory, and engineering teams. Tony’s focuses on demystifying Industry 4.0 technologies and implementing practical manufacturing applications for American manufacturers. He has more than 30 years of concept-to-customer experience in product development, supply chain, and manufacturing operations and hands-on experience in over 200 factories in 15 countries.

21-18-01 5G System Configuration Research for Industrial Building Application

The primary goal of MxD Project 21-18-01 is to determine an optimal configuration of 5G, in a neutral and objective manner, for use in industrial buildings, specifically for IIoT and digital applications, and to make this information publicly available for broad industry use including DoD.

Submissions for RFQ 21-18-01 are due October 13, 2022.

21-18-02 Wired to Wireless Change Management Guide

The primary goal of MxD Project 21-18-02 is to generate a guidebook that contains detailed steps on how a manufacturer can implement a wireless network architecture into their industrial facilities. Extra emphasis will be given towards helping existing manufacturers determine the viability and give existing manufacturers the know-how to take the existing wired architecture within their industrial facilities and transition to selected configurations of 5G, in a neutral and objective manner.

Submissions for RFQ 21-18-02 are due October 13, 2022.

21-18-03 5G Cybersecurity Reference Architecture Development

The primary goal of MxD Project 21-18-03 is to generate documentation on cybersecurity within 5G networks. Such cybersecurity systems will then be implemented with the MxD 5G testbed and facilities to demonstrate their usage in a 5G connected industrial architecture. Documentation on cybersecurity systems for 5G architectures will be made publicly accessible such that the information may be utilized by manufacturers.

Submissions for RFQ 21-18-02 are due October 13, 2022.

21-18-04 Stand-Alone 5G System Design and Implementation

UPCOMING RFQ

The primary goal of MxD Project 21-18-04 is to provide testbed functionality by installing a fully functional, standalone, 5G system, operating on unlicensed CBRS spectrum, within the MxD facility. This system will provide the foundation for conducting the tests highlighted in other projects under this program.

Projected release date – Early October 2022
Projected due date – Late November 2022

21-18-05 Factory Connectivity and Performance of a 5G Network

UPCOMING RFQ

The primary goal of MxD Project 21-18-05 is to demonstrate and measure the performance of selected configurations of 5G, in a neutral and objective manner, when utilized in industrial buildings, specifically in IIoT networks where digital applications are performed, and to compare the performance of such a network to a simple wired counterpart.

Projected release date – January 2023
Projected due date – February 2023

21-18-06 Test Bed for Client-Side Equipment Testing

UPCOMING RFQ

The primary goal of MxD Project 21-18-06 is to generate a process testbed system within the MxD facilities that is accessible to manufacturers, the DoD, and Federal agencies such that they can test the implementation of varying wireless client-side devices within an industrial network architecture. Such a testbed is to be brand-agnostic, allowing various SIMs to be installed and verified via a registration process. The testbed is also to allow client-side devices that are not yet approved for industrial or Federal use to be installed and tested.

Projected release date – January 2023
Projected due date – February 2023

21-18-07 Cybersecurity 5G system Penetration Testing

UPCOMING RFQ

The primary goal of MxD Project 21-18-07 is to determine vulnerabilities in selected cybersecurity architectures for 5G network systems via network penetration testing, and to generate documentation on the testing and discovered faults in cybersecurity within 5G networks. Testing will utilize the services of a neutrally selected white hat service firm to perform the testing on the 5G network system.

Projected release date – January 2023
Projected due date – February 2023

21-18-08 Mission Critical Virtual Networking for Cybersecurity

UPCOMING RFQ

The primary goal of MxD Project 21-18-08 is to implement a virtual network containing Network Slice Selection Function (NSSF) functionality and an appropriate Intrusion Detection System (IDS) to protect critical on-network sub-systems from intrusion. This will involve the selection of and implementation of an NSSF and IDS into the network, the creation of experiments to test the effectivity of the NSSF and IDS in network security, and the documentation of the testing results and lessons learned.

Projected release date – January 2023
Projected due date – February 2023