Famed tech-pioneer company BBN - which among other things gave the world the "@" symbol in email addresses - has been awarded Pentagon funding to develop the "Wireless Network after Next" (WNaN) for use by the digital grunt of tomorrow. The firm says that the $11.3m in defence cash comes from the Air Force Research Laboratory …
But will it run IPv5?
Good score mostly for WANGER acronym.
this the wimax mesh I heard about sometime ago, that the forces were gonna use?
Each foot soldier will be fitted out with their own Close Range Access Point for use within the network
This has been going on for quite some time; since before the Warrior2000 concept program that envisioned injected pellets (yes, like the chips they put in dogs) in the neck's of soldiers to record and transmit location, medical status, etc.
Likewise, there is the multi-nano networks where each indiv node was supposed to be closer to $5.00 than $500.00... Designed to be dropped by air or air-burst rocket over 1 km^2 area on the order of about 1000 of the ankle biters.
So this, instead, uses every existing member of the network as a retransmission node within the network... which will work great until the nodes move out of range of each other... :(
The only way to overcome this would be to have *really* cheap "supplemental" nodes that could be dropped, dispersed, deployed, whatever over the area (ala airburst) or like a trail of breadcrumbs.
Where can I get my share of DARPA funding?