Interoperability of Public Safety Communications: An Elusive Goal

Successful emergency response requires good communication and close coordination by agencies and entities; but often, no single agency has the complete picture. Sharing information is hampered by different data formats, file structures, network constraints, and the like. This article describes the nature of the interoperability challenge and examines a new conceptual approach to addressing this challenge via a three-layer information-sharing framework (ISF) released in 2021 by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cyber Infrastructure Security Agency. The ISF imagines three layers: a data layer where the source data lie, a presentation layer where the source data is distributed, and an in between layer, the integration layer, where the data are transformed to make information standardized, interoperable, and consumable, regardless of end user application.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: pp 28-31
  • Serial:
    • TR News
    • Issue Number: 335
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 0738-6826

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01787061
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 31 2021 7:06PM