IIT Madras 5G test bed for Army Training Command

The Army Training Command (ARTRAC) has announced to establish a 5G Testbed in association with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Madras.

Key Points

  • The 5G test bed for Army Training Command will be established at Military College of Telecommunication at Mhow in Indore.
  • It will be used for operational use of 5G technology of Army, especially along the borders.
  • Under the MoU, IIT-Madras would provide consultancy, which will be duly supported by research to study feasibility and prototype development of 5G-enabled future communications.

Aim of the collaboration

ARTRAC and IIT Madras have collaborated with the aim of giving impetus to induction of systems, equipment, and devices using niche technology. It is also aimed at using AI-based algorithms to enhance capabilities of armed forces. Collaboration will also promote collaborative and cooperative research as well as facilitate exchange of ideas for the development of new technology.

About Army Training Command

The Army Training Command is one among the seven commands of Indian Army. It is based at Shimla and was established in 1991. Its current commander is Lieutenant General SS Mahal.

History of ARTRAC

ARTRAC was established on October 1, 1991 at Mhow in Madhya Pradesh. It later moved to Shimla on March 31, 1993. The command aims to maximize effectiveness of training.

Merger of DGMT and ARTRAC

In 2019, it was announced to merge DGMT (Directorate General of Military Training) with ARTRAC. DGMT runs Rashtriya Military Schools (RMS).

Background

India’s first 5G testbed was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in May 2022, which allowed industries and start-ups to test and certify their technologies domestically. It was built at a cost of Rs 220 crore. The testbed was created in collaboration with eight institutes, led by IIT Madras.

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