ANDRO eyes expansion after $7M contract

Published Oct 12, 2017 at 1:00pm

ANDRO Computational Systems, LLC of Rome has been awarded a nearly $7 million three-year federal contract involving radio spectrums for government and emerging civilian communication systems.

The initiative will “significantly help in ANDRO’s plans to double staff to over 100 employees and expand facilities over the next two years,” according to a statement by ANDRO President Andrew Drozd and U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY. The workforce growth is anticipated by 2019.

In his announcement of the $6.99 million contract, Schumer said it is through the National Spectrum Consortium and is for developing a Dynamic Spectrum Access Policy System.

He added that ANDRO will work closely with the Rome Air Force Research Laboratory to advance federal policy for spectrum relocation affecting government and civilian communication systems. ANDRO “will provide new solutions for spectrum awareness and sharing and coexistence between government and civilian systems,” the announcement said.

“This federal contract and partnership between ANDRO and Rome Lab is a local match made in heaven,” said 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.”

Drozd called it “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.’”

ANDRO, based at The Beeches Business Park, provides research, engineering and technical services to defense and commercial industries, said Schumer. Established in 1994, it is dedicated to research, development and application of advanced computer software for electromagnetic environmental impact studies, spectrum exploitation, secure wireless communications for cognitive radios, multisensory and multi-target tracking, advance radar data fusion, and sensor resource management.

The National Spectrum Consortium, meanwhile, fosters collaboration between government, industry, and academic experts to identify, develop and demonstrate technologies to broaden electromagnetic spectrum use, plus broaden military and commercial access and use of the electromagnetic spectrum. ANDRO is one of 212 members of the consortium.