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The Texas A&M University Internet2 Technology Evaluation Center (ITEC) was established in 2004. ITEC’s focuses on Real Time Communications for emergency communications, supporting both public safety and defense research into advanced networking technologies and communications interoperability.

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Countdown to Interoperability Institute '23

Interoperability Institute 2023 (Interop '23) will be held on May 1-5, 2023, at Disaster City on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

ITEC In The News

28 Oct
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In September 2021, Texas A&M University was awarded more than $900,000 for the Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program: Public Safety Radio Data Grant.





As public safety begins to transition from Land Mobile Radio (LMR) systems to packet-based broadband systems such as LTE (Long-Term Evolution) and 5G technology, shared public safety radio datasets are becoming increasingly important. In the effort to support the transition from LMR to LTE, Texas A&M seeks to gather this data from several different public safety organizations to develop traffic models and determine overall system requirements.





Texas A&M University’s project will collect Land Mobile Radio data from a diverse set of public safety organizations (PSO) across the nation to perform research and analysis toward understanding LMR usage implications for transition to LTE. The project team will collect data from ten PSOs throughout the US as well as related geographical information such as weather and event data to facilitate rich data research and analysis and characterize LMR usage and prepare for the transition to LTE.





There are primarily two big categories of analyses that will be carried out in Texas A&M University’s project: (1) Spatial analysis on top of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and (2) Temporal analysis focuses on hourly, daily, and monthly patterns of emergency calls and all factors that are associated with call volumes in certain periods. The project will explore and analyze the hotspot of cellular and landline emergency calls concerning critical (emergency and healthcare) facilities as well as emergency calls from residential landlines. The project will aim to discover the spatial patterns of the calls and build machine learning models to help estimate active regions where special attention is needed to develop long‐term mitigation strategies, enhancing preparedness, response, and recovery. Such spatial analysis, if done in real time, can directly help with the preparedness and response of the emergency. Furthermore, the analyzed information can be utilized to support damage assessment, rebuilding, and even public education.


26 Oct
Categories News

Dr. Walt Magnussen and Michael Fox contributed an article to Mission Critical 2021 offering up key areas of focus required to advance the state of interoperability in public safety. The article, published in conjunction with IWCE 2021, highlights the importance role of service providers as partners in developing interoperable solutions. The article also introduces the themes of Interoperability Institute workshop and exercise, the date of which has been changed since the article was published. Interoperability Institute was moved from November 2021 to May 2-6, 2022 in order to ensure the health and safety of participants and allow for broad participation. Click here to read the full article.






30 Sep
Categories News

Texas A&M ITEC's leadership team, including Walt Magnussen, Michael Fox and Joan Quintana, presented at multiple sessions during the annual IWCE conference. In addition, the team participated in the Expo, providing a demonstration of Testing as a Service for Mission Critical Services with partners from University of the Basque Country.





Magnussen and Fox presented "5G Wireless: What is it and what does it mean to public safety." Magnussen and Quintana presented "Public Safety Interoperability: The Importance of Conformance Testing." In addition, Magnussen contributed to the following panel sessions:






Data Interoperability: More Critical Than Ever
Next Generation ECCs: What Will They Do? How Will They Work? How Will They be Funded?
Public Safety Interoperability - The Importance of Conformance Testing
Voice Interoperability: Still a Challenge