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Public Safety Interoperability - The Importance of Conformance Testing

Walt Magnussen  (Director, Texas A&M University ITEC)

Joan Quintana  (Associate Director, Texas A&M University ITEC)

Location: W230

Date: Monday, September 27

Time: 1:15pm - 2:00pm

Track: Interoperability & Interworking, 911 & Emergency Communications

Format: 45-Minute Power Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All Audiences

It has long been thought that the key to interoperability is standards. The question then becomes how do you know if a product or service that you are procuring is conformant to those standards. NIST and DHS have both recently engaged in efforts to provide platforms to provide independent standards conformance in the areas of NG911 and MCPTT. This session will talk about conformance testing in industry and public safety, how it is done, what it costs and what it covers. It will also discuss how the testers are certified.