SCHUMER ANNOUNCES MAJOR WIN FOR ROME: ANDRO LANDS NEARLY $7M FEDERAL CONTRACT; CONTRACT IS A WIN FOR GROWING COMPANY & ROME LAB; AWARD WILL HELP DOUBLE ANDRO’S WORFORCE BY 2019 & ALLOW THEM TO COMPETE FOR MORE WORK
ANDRO And Rome Lab Will Partner To Advance Critical Tech Efforts Related To Radio Spectrum Relocation & Comms
Schumer Says Local Win Also Helps Rome Lab; Senator Has Kept Missions Coming To Lab, Along With Critical Fed Investment
Schumer: This Fed Contract Will Be Big Boost For Andro, Work Of Rome Lab & The Oneida County Economy
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced that ANDRO Computational Solutions, LLC. of Rome, NY has been awarded a $6,999,912 three year federal contract through the National Spectrum Consortium (NSC) to develop a Dynamic Spectrum Assess (DSA) Policy system.
“This federal contract and partnership between ANDRO and Rome Lab is a local match made in heaven,” said U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. “This award blends the local expertise of ANDRO with the local workforce and national prominence of our Rome Lab. The award will allow ANDRO to double its staff and bring even more good-paying jobs and critical economic growth to Oneida County.”
Schumer explained that with this contract, ANDRO will work closely with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in Rome to advance federal policy for spectrum relocation impacting both government and emerging civilian communication systems. ANDRO will provide new solutions for spectrum awareness and sharing and coexistence between government and civilian systems. Schumer and ANDRO President Andrew Drozd said this effort will significantly help in ANDRO’s plans to double staff to over 100 employees and expand facilities over the next two years.
“This is a significant award for our region, recognizing the spectrum expertise that is necessary to solve a very complex issue for the nation’s wireless strategy identified by the President as needed to ‘Realize the full potential of government-held spectrum to spur economic growth,” said Andrew Drozd, ANDRO President.
Schumer has long advocated for Rome Lab and fought to protect and increase federal funding that directly supports the facility’s operations and personnel. Schumer was successful in securing $215 million in Rome Lab’s budget line for FY 16, a net increase of $32 million from the previous year. In 2017, Schumer was able to secure an increase of that budget line to $220M. In 2015, Schumer led the effort for Rome Lab to host the New Jersey and New York Army National Guard's Cyber Protection Team (CPT), allowing the Lab to serve as an elite training facility.
Schumer explained that ANDRO, which is headquartered in Beeches Business Park in Rome, NY, provides research, engineering, and technical services to defense and commercial industries. The independently owned company, established in 1994, is dedicated to research, development, and the application of advanced computer software for electromagnetic environment impact studies, spectrum exploitation, secure wireless communications for cognitive radios, multisensory and multi-target tracking, advance radar data fusion, and sensor resource management. ANDRO is also working to establish a new company to help bring its military heritage of products to the commercial market.
The NSC represents multiple government agencies across all Department of Defense services and other federal agencies through a 5 year, $1.25B, Section 845 Prototype Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) with the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Emerging Capabilities and Prototyping (ODASD, EC&P). The NSC fosters collaboration between government, industry, and academic experts to identify, develop and demonstrate the enabling technologies needed to broaden electromagnetic spectrum use and broaden the military and commercial access to and use the electromagnetic spectrum. ANDRO is one of the 212 current members of the consortium.
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