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.


Registration Now Open for ISART 2015 in May

Registration has opened for ISART 2015, the 14th in the series of high quality symposia bringing together the world's experts on advanced radio systems development. ISART 2015 is sponsored by the new Center for Advanced Communications, a joint effort between NTIA's Institute for Telecommunication Sciences and the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Communications Technology Laboratory (NIST CTL) that was announced in 2013. ISART 2015: Measurements, Models, Simulations, and Technologies for Improved Spectrum Sharing will take place May 12-14, 2015 in Boulder, Colorado. The goals of this conference are to present updates on: the current state of the art in spectrum compatibility analyses, research into improved spectrum analysis techniques, emerging technologies that further promote spectrum sharing, the means by which spectrum analyses may be adapted to accommodate new technologies, and, in turn, the means by which underlying technologies can be adapted to exploit spectrum sharing opportunities exposed in previous studies. More information is available on the Panel Topics and preliminary agenda.

ITS Author Shares in QoMEX Win

Subject bias: Introducing a theoretical user model,” a paper co-authored by Professor Lucjan Janowski of the Department of Telecommunication at AGH University of Science and Technology, (Kraków, Poland) and ITS engineer Margaret H. Pinson, won the Best Paper Award at the IEEE-sponsored 2014 International Workshop on Quality of Multimedia Experience (QoMEX 2014). The paper demonstrates that individual subjects bring individual biases to subjective video tests, and that those biases can be removed to gain improved resolving power without increasing test size. This is an important result with practical applications and the award is a strong endorsement of the work of ITS Video Quality Research by the international research community.

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