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Our Mission

ITS is the research and engineering laboratory of NTIA. ITS supports NTIA by performing the research and engineering that enables the U.S. Government, national and international standards organizations, and many aspects of private industry to manage the radio spectrum and ensure that innovative, new technologies are recognized and effective. ITS also serves as a principal Federal resource for solving the telecommunications concerns of other Federal agencies, state and local Governments, private corporations and associations, and international organizations.

Fiscal Year 2014 Technical Progress Report


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ITS is located on the campus of the Department of Commerce Boulder Laboratories.

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  • Standards Development and Analysis.
    ITS provides ongoing leadership and technical contributions to international, national, and local telecommunication standards committees such as ITU, TIA, ATIS. ITS experts are regularly called on to interpret and analyze standards and regulations.
  • Public Safety Communications Interoperability.
    ITS works directly with practitioner agencies to improve the intelligibility and interoperability of communication systems. ITS conducts research in the field and in the laboratory to reflect the real environment in which Public Safety operates.
  • Table Mountain Field Site.
    ITS maintains the Table Mountain Field Site north of Boulder, CO, a unique 1,800 acre designated Radio Quiet Zone and radio research facility that is extensively used for research and experimentation both by ITS and by others under cooperative agreements.
  • Radio Spectrum Measurement Science (RSMS).
    The RSMS system is a customized resource for the performance of fundamental theoretical and applied research. The RSMS-4G truck is a state-of-the-art mobile measurement laboratory used to measure spectrum occupancy and analyze interference problems.
  • Audio and Video Quality Research.
    Objective quality-of-service (QoS) measurements for voice and video communications using different coding and transmission schemes taken in ITS’s unique audio-visual laboratories provide government and industry tools and techniques to assess service quality.
  • Wireless Voice/Data Systems and Emerging Technologies.
    ITS assesses telecommunications system components and emerging technologies, evaluates network survivability, and assesses system effectiveness in national security/emergency preparedness, military, and commercial environments.
  • Radar Interference Effects Tests and Measurements.
    ITS acts as a resource to military and civilian agencies to identify sources of radar signal interference through controlled laboratory and field testing. Root cause analysis leads to engineering of proposed solutions shared with industry.

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Reports Examine the Effect of Broadband Radio Service Reallocation on 2900-3100 MHz Marine Radars

As announced on the NTIA Blog on April 14, ITS three technical reports just released by ITS describe a multi-year research effort funded by the United States Coast Guard to investigate effects of reallocation to accommodate broadband radio services on the 2900–3100 MHz band marine radar service. NTIA Technical Report TR-15-513: Effect of Broadband Radio Service Reallocation on 2900–3100 MHz band Marine Radars: Background provides background information needed to understand the potential effects of sharing on S-band marine radars, including a discussion of the scenario, interference protection criteria, and propagation models used to perform the analysis.  NTIA Technical Report TR-15-514: Effect of Broadband Radio Service Reallocation on 2900–3100 MHz band Marine Radars: Base Station Unwanted Emissions calculates distance and frequency separations needed to prevent signals from commercial broadband systems from introducing unwanted emissions in the radar detection bandwidth and causing interference.  The third report NTIA Technical Report TR-15-515: Effect of Broadband Radio Service Reallocation on 2900–3100 MHz Band Marine Radars: Front-end Overload provides a method for analyzing and mitigating radar front-end overload caused by commercial broadband systems transmitting at frequencies within the radar front-end bandwidth.  The results of these studies will help inform policy makers on potential future sharing options between incumbent federal systems and commercial wireless broadband systems.

ISART 2015 Coming Up

ISART 2015: Measurements, Models, Simulations, and Technologies for Improved Spectrum Sharing, the 14th in the series of high quality symposia bringing together the world's experts on advanced radio systems development will take place May 12-14, 2015 in Boulder, Colorado. The goals of this conference are to present updates on: the current state of the art in spectrum compatibility analyses, research into improved spectrum analysis techniques, emerging technologies that further promote spectrum sharing, the means by which spectrum analyses may be adapted to accommodate new technologies, and, in turn, the means by which underlying technologies can be adapted to exploit spectrum sharing opportunities exposed in previous studies. The agenda includes Keynote Addresses by Assistant Secretary Larry Strickling of NTIA and by Meredith Attwell Baker, President and CEO of CTIA. Panel Topics are described here. For registration, click here. ISART 2015 is sponsored by the new Center for Advanced Communications, a joint effort between NTIA's Institute for Telecommunication Sciences and the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Communications Technology Laboratory (NIST CTL) that was announced in 2013.

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