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 2015 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.

Last Propagation Measurements Workshop Webinar Scheduled for August 11

On August 11 ITS will host the last in a series of four webinars for researchers from government, academia, and industry to begin development of draft best practices for propagation measurements to assess the impact of losses caused by clutter on estimates of aggregate interference to incumbent systems in the 3.5 GHz band. As the FCC proceeds with rulemaking to open the 3.5 GHz band to sharing, a number of organizations have begun executing propagation loss measurements in the band. One important goal of these measurements is to assess the impact of clutter (man-made structures and foliage) on estimates of pathloss for use in aggregate interference models. This is a new research question and no standardized best practices exist for this type of measurement. At these webinars, we will discuss key requirements for measurement system design and validation. For more information, click on our Propagation Measurements Workshop Webinars page.

ISART 2016 Attendance Hit 160

A record-breaking 160 attendees participated in ISART 2016, whose theme was Spectrum Forensics—spectrum measurements that support interference monitoring, investigation, and enforcement. For the second year, the symposium was sponsored by the Center for Advanced Communications, a joint effort with NIST. Patti Raush of ITS was the General Chair, and Eric Nelson of ITS co-chaired along with Michael Souryal and Tim Hall of NIST/CTL. To take advantage of potential synergies, several spectrum research related events were scheduled during the same week as ISART: CSMAC, the IEEE 802.22.3 project, WSRD, and the WInnForum Spectrum Sharing Committee Meeting all held meetings at the Boulder Labs this week. About 60 people attended the prequel tutorial on the Legal Process of Spectrum Forensics: Civil & Criminal Case Studies, moderated by Rebecca Dorch. Eric Nelson, Ken Baker, and Mike Cotton of ITS each moderated a panel, and ITS Director Keith Gremban delivered the closing remarks. Panelist presentations have been posted at 2016 ISART Speaker Slides.

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