US Ignite is leading a technology pilot program built for the 5G Living Lab at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar (MCAS) in San Diego. The $4 million initiative is funded by the Department of Navy, Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific, and powered by Verizon’s Ultra Wideband network. Pilot technology deployments will address issues from optimizing connectivity to automated transport, energy management, and more.

The goal of the program is to experiment with systems that will improve overall safety and efficiency on base. However, the pilot program also aims to help develop a framework of best practices that will serve smart bases and smart communities across the country. US Ignite has partnered with the University of California San Diego for future data analysis work related to projects piloted at Miramar.


The technology pilot program at Miramar kicks off with two projects:

  • 5G Pitch Competition

US Ignite is overseeing the continued development and a demonstration of four finalist applications selected in the recent 5G pitch day competition hosted by the National Security Innovation Network. The startup teams behind these applications – COMSovereign, GenXComm, Omnispace, and VRotors – will demonstrate working prototypes of their technologies to Marine Corps leaders in the first half of 2021.

  • Automated Vehicle Pilot

As part of the technology program at Miramar, US Ignite is standing up operations for an automated shuttle service dedicated to package delivery around the base. Two Local Motors Olli Shuttles will transport packages to a number of destinations over a fixed two-mile route, and MCAS Miramar personnel will be directly engaged in shuttle operations to gain automated vehicle (AV) experience. The goal of the project is to demonstrate the benefits of connected vehicles while also exploring the infrastructure requirements of AV technology. Data from the Olli shuttles will be uploaded to the on-site Verizon 5G network and transferred to permanent DOD storage for analysis well beyond the duration of the pilot program.


Details on additional pilot projects coming later in 2021. Interested in learning more or partnering with us? Get in touch.

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