Three staff members from the PSCR (Public Safety Communications Research) program received a group Gold Medal in the category of Scientific and Engineering Achievement from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Department's highest honor, at ceremonies in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, November 18, 2008.
Kameron Behnam, Mudumbai Ranganathan, and Stephen Quirolgico received a group Gold Medal for their efforts to enhance public safety communications. The team received the award for developing the ITT (Inter-RF Subsystem Interface Test Tool) to test the P25 (Project 25) ISSI (Inter-RF Subsystem Interface) and CSSI (Console Subsystem Interface).
The ITT software tool is being used by industry to verify that communication interfaces between different emergency responder radio systems are working and that vendor products meet communication standards for interoperability. This accomplishment supports the Commerce Department's goal of improving public safety communications to better serve Americans and protect American security.
From left: Commerce Secretary, Carlos Guiterez; Stephen Quirolgico (Mudumbai Ranganathan is not pictured) of NIST/OLES (National Institute of Standards and Technology/Office of Law Enforcement Standards); Kameron Behnam of NTIA/ITS (National Telecommunications and Information Administration/Institute for Telecommunication Sciences); NTIA Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, Meredith Attwell Baker; Deputy Secretary of Commerce, John J. Sullivan; and Deputy Director of NIST, Patrick D. Gallagher.