Wireless Research Center

Wake Forest is home to The Wireless Research Center of North Carolina (WRC), an independent non-profit, 501(c)(3), research organization with a unique focus on wireless technology innovation, commercialization, and economic development.



The WRC supports companies, universities and entrepreneurs in the advancement, innovation and commercialization of a wide range of telecommunications and connectivity solutions across multiple broad market sectors.  Work at the WRC includes:

  • Access to specialized test capabilities and engineering resources
  • Catalyst for advanced research initiatives
  • Collaboration with diverse industry and academic partners
  • Theoretical research to full commercialization support program support
  • Leadership in the advancement of IoT (Internet of Things) and 5G applications
  • Maintain intellectual property neutral
  • Service to telecommunications, medical, military, smart grid and public safety sectors
  • Research Triangle Region-wide start-up initiatives
  • Launch of the RIoT Initiative

NC Regional Internet of Things (RIoT)

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RIoT, a sponsored program of the Wireless Research Center of NC, represents a network of technologists, engineers, business leaders, academics, policy makers, and entrepreneurs, all of whom have a stake in the Internet of Things industry.  Through the network created by RIoT companies ranging from startups to international heavyweights meet frequently to exchange ideas, to learn new technologies, and to create new opportunities.

WRC Current Customers

The WRC's global customer base produces a diverse range of wireless products ranging from transceivers to medical devices and rural broadband.  WRC fosters collaboration among industry partners, academic institutions and research organizations, and is a CTIA-certified testing facility.

Current customers include IoT integrators, mobile device developers, antenna design integrators, wireless network designers, UAV developers, defense contractors, and universities/researchers.