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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 2012 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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Latest Spectrum Measurement Report Released

Between June 2011 and September 2012, the ITS Radio Spectrum Measurement Science (RSMS) program carried out a series of five spectrum occupancy measurements as part of ongoing research efforts. Four of the measurements were designed to broadly characterize the electromagnetic environment in different geographic areas. NTIA Technical Report TR-14-502 Broadband Spectrum Survey in the Chicago, Illinois, Area, by Chriss Hammerschmidt, is the latest of a series of reports that discusses the broader measurement efforts. NTIA Technical Report TR-14-498 Broadband Spectrum Survey in the San Diego, California, Area and  NTIA Technical Report TR-13-496 Broadband Spectrum Survey in the Denver Area, published in August and December of 2013, revisit areas where measurements were taken in 1993 (NTIA Report TR-95-321 Broadband Spectrum Survey at Denver, Colorado) and 1995 (NTIA Technical Report TR-97-334 Broadband spectrum survey at San Diego, California). One of the recent measurement efforts was designed to provide a very detailed description of occupancy in a specific frequency band in one location. NTIA Technical Report TR-14-500 Spectrum Occupancy Measurements of the 3550-3650 Megahertz Maritime Radar Band Near San Diego, California, published in January of this year 2014 takes an in-depth look at methods and statistical techniques for occupancy measurements.

PSCR Announces Fifth Video Quality in Public Safety Workshop April 30 - May 1, 2014

Through the Video Quality in Public Safety (VQiPS) project, public safety practitioners, Federal partners, manufacturers, and representatives from academia and standards making bodies are working to improve the way in which video technologies serve the public safety community. A multi-stakeholder partnership that includes ITS engineers assigned to the Public Safety Communications Research program, VQiPS gathers input from practitioners and video experts and delivers unbiased guidance and educational resources that assist the first responder community in clearly defining and communicating their video quality needs.

The VQiPS Workshop, to be held April 30 - May 1, 2014 in Houston, TX, is a collaborative working session for public safety practitioners, the private sector, and the global research community to coordinate efforts in establishing quality requirements for video use in public safety. This workshop is hosted by the Department of Homeland Security, a sponsor of the PSCR program. Get more information and register here.

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