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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  • 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.

Propagation Measurements Workshop Webinars Scheduled for July 7, 14, and 28, and August 11

ITS will host a series of four webinars in July 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: Conversation on Spectrum Forensics, August 1-3, 2016 in Boulder, CO

The topic of the 15th International Symposium on Advanced Radio Technologies will be Spectrum Forensics, that is, spectrum measurements that support interference monitoring, investigation, and enforcement. As more and more spectrum users are pressed to operate in shared bands, effective spectrum sharing will require an entirely new legal and regulatory environment, as well as sophisticated technologies that can reliably thread the three parameters of time, frequency, and location to deliver acceptable service in shared bands without interfering with other users of the same or adjacent bands. Spectrum forensics will help build and maintain good fences to make good neighbors. A prequel tutorial will provide essential background for ISART participants who are not familiar with the FCC Enforcement Bureau’s criteria and process for both civil and criminal spectrum infringement investigations. Several meetings will be collocated with ISART—a meeting of the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC), the Wireless Spectrum Research and Development (WSRD) monthly meeting and a Wireless Innovation Forum (WInnForum) Spectrum Sharing Committee meeting that will run through Friday. For more information, visit the ISART website. To register, click here. ISART is sponsored by the Center for Advanced Communications (CAC), a joint effort of NTIA and NIST.

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