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.
New, Unique Subjective Testing Software Released to GitHub
ITS developed the Web-Enabled
Subjective Test (WEST) software to allow researchers to
conduct subjective tests on multiple devices with aggregated data
collection and reporting. WEST is a very simple way to conduct a
subjective test on a mobile device. The devices connect to a server
running the WEST software using a web browser. The server transfers
stimuli to the device, then the device plays the stimulus and
prompts the user for a vote. The software is fully described
in NTIA Handbook HB-14-501:
Web-Enabled Subjective Test (WEST) Research Tools Manual.
WEST can be a very useful tool. It is, however, in very early
stages of development. The code for WEST has now been made
available on GitHub as an open source project in the WEST
repository under NTIA's account. The subjective testing
community is invited to contribute to improving the software
through the GitHub collaboration tools.