Resources for Practitioners: Bridging the Communications Gap

Sidebar to the article Interagency Coordination: Lessons Learned From the 2005 London Train Bombings by Kevin J. Strom, Ph.D., and Joe Eyerman, Ph.D.

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is working to help public safety officials communicate seamlessly across agencies and jurisdictions so they can effectively coordinate and respond to emergency situations.

NIJ competitively selected four Centers of Excellence to join the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) system. One of these centers is the Communications Technologies Center of Excellence.

Here is a brief summary of some of NIJ's communications technology projects:

  • Research and development. Ongoing research in cognitive radio for public safety applications; evaluation of Voice over Internet Protocol in a real-world setting; and prototype development of software defined, multiband conventional emergency radio that complies with public safety communication standards.
  • Technology assistance. Assistance, advice and support of tactical operations on communications technology-related issues through the NLECTC system.
  • Software Defined Radio Forum . Work with the Software Defined Radio Forum's Public Safety Special Interest Group.

    The Forum published a 2007 report on how software defined and cognitive radio could be used in situations like the 2005 London train bombings.
  • Standards. Supporting the development of standards to facilitate the introduction of software defined and cognitive radio technology into the market.
  • InShort series. Fact sheets on public safety communications interoperability topics.
Date Created: October 27, 2008