Public Safety Communications Research
Secure, reliable, high-speed wireless communications are critical to the economic and national competitiveness of the United States. Advanced communications are enabling dramatic changes in how consumers, manufacturers, governments?and others provide and consume information, transact business, provide and use essential services, and shop, among other tasks. Gartner forecasts that there will be approximately 20.8 billion connected devices by 2020, up from the estimated 6.4 billion connected devices currently in place. This insatiable societal demand for connectivity will require significant advancements in communication technologies. ?
NIST’s role in advanced communication includes:
First responders need reliable communications to respond quickly to an emergency involving you or your loved ones. Tim Thompson and several of his colleagues on the Public Safety Communications Research division's Mission Critical Voice team are developing methods to equitably measure the performance of voice communications systems such as radio and push-to-talk over cellular networks. Read more in his blog post.