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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.

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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.

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Software Development Jobs Posted — Closing June 20, 2016

ITS is hiring! See more details here, or go straight to Announcement # NTIA-ITS-2016-0011: Computer Scientist, ZP-1550-02/03 (DE) or Announcement # NTIA-ITS-2016-0010: Computer Scientist, ZP-1550-02/03 (MAP). Apply now if you are interested in joining our cross-disciplinary teams that develop software implementations of complex mathematical algorithms using a variety of software languages, applications, and frameworks. The resulting applications and system architectures may be used to plan the deployment of wireless communication systems, simulate spectrum sharing scenarios involving equipment that has not yet been manufactured or has never previously operated in the same or adjacent frequency bands, or drive new international standards for smart radio devices of all kinds—among other things.

Register now for ISART 2016 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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