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


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

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Partner Sites

  • 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.


Ten ITS Researchers Receive Department of Commerce Honor Awards

Ten ITS researchers have received Department of Commerce (DoC) Gold or Silver Honor Awards for work completed in FY 2014. The awards were presented on September 29, 2015. The Gold and Silver Medals are the highest and second highest honor granted by the Secretary for distinguished and exceptional performance.

A Gold Medal Award went to Frank Sanders, Robert Achatz, John Carroll, Michael Cotton, Roger Dalke, and Geoffrey Sanders of ITS, along with Robert Sole of NTIA’s Office of Spectrum Management (OSM), for rapidly developing a creative, innovative new method to perform electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) studies to support, through critical technical analysis, DoC efforts to increase federal/commercial sharing to make additional spectrum available .......

A Silver Medal Award went to Bob Johnk, Jaydee Griffith and Mitchell Powell for developing and using an innovative approach to measure building-penetration characteristics of radio signals, for inventing and implementing a compact, radio signal measurement system, and for developing  .......

A Silver Medal Award went to Paul McKenna of ITS and Edward Drocella, James Richards, and Frederick Najmy of OSM for outstanding leadership in developing and implementing innovative techniques to enable new spectrum sharing opportunities between federal and commercial users. .......

New Report Describes Speech Intelligibility Testing of LTE Codecs

Researcher and Head and Torso Simulator (HATS) wearing firefighter communications gear.NTIA Technical Report TR-15-520 Speech Codec Intelligibility Testing in Support of Mission-Critical Voice Applications for LTE, by Steve Voran and Andrew Catellier, released September 30, 2015, describes an effort to identify which digital speech and audio technologies are best-suited for mission-critical voice communications over a fourth generation (4G) wireless network using cellular infrastructure. One of the most challenging aspects of public safety communications is maintaining audio quality in the harsh noise environments in which fire fire fighters, police officers and oth ......


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