Wireless Research Center Overview

Posted By Brad Walker

Wake Forest Rotarians enjoyed an overview by a fellow Rotarian, Gerard Hayes, on Monday night about the company he co-founded. The Wireless Research Center was founded in 2010 by two people. It has grown to a staff of twenty-eight and continues the original focus on research and development of wireless products over a broad range of market sectors. Their non-profit status has lead to grants and initiatives in many areas. While they are headquartered here in Wake Forest, they also have operations in Colorado. They have developed industry leader in the development, standardization, and harmonization of Wearable, Medical, 5G, IoT, Aviation and Sensor Systems

In 2014 they introduced RIoT, which is a WRC economic development initiative to establish partnerships and collaboration for the Internet of Things (IoT). RIoT is a network of technologists, engineers, business leaders, academics, policymakers, and entrepreneurs. RIoT has grown to include more than 6,000 members and 80 company sponsors throughout the nation. Their mission is to create a community that captures IoT opportunities locally, nationally, and globally. More information on the RIoT.

2018 saw them working in many areas with both the Department of Defense and in Public Safety. They were a co-awardee of a $24M for AERPAW, a 5G NSF PAWR project. The WRC will lead the deployment and operation of testbed sites beginning in Raleigh and Cary.

2019 and 2020 was the introduction of the Advanced Mobility Collective and Connected Communities. Both of these are initiatives to advance service to underserved areas in North Carolina and around the world. WRC is working to reduce the Digital Divide that the current pandemic has emphasized. For decades, splintered and ineffectual programs have attempted to stem the issue. It is time for a new playbook that combines improving livelihoods while lowering societal costs – this can only be accomplished by looking at the solution and opportunity as a Sociotechnical System (society and technology).

We are lucky to have the Wireless Research Center here in Wake Forest. Gerard has promised us another in-person visit to the center when the current pandemic passes.

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