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Interoperability AGILE-ity

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This report describes the National Institute of Justice's AGILE program dealing with interoperability initiatives through coordinating efforts to assist Federal, State, and local public safety agencies.
Even though there has been tremendous improvement in law enforcement technology, the issue of interoperability--the capacity of public safety agencies, emergency medical services, and fire departments to communicate across jurisdictions had been difficult. After an intensive study on interoperability issues in 1998, the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice (NIJ) launched the AGILE program which consolidated all NIJ interoperability initiatives into a coordinated effort to help Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies communicate and share information. Originally targeted to law enforcement, AGILE's target audience has expanded to include all public safety agencies. AGILE maintains a three-part approach to meet its mission: (1) research, development, testing, and evaluation of technology solutions; (2) standards identification, development, and adoption; and (3) outreach and technology assistance. This report presents information on AGILE technological research projects, standards development projects, and outreach and assistance projects. Technology, standards, outreach, and assistance add up to AGILE's mission to solve problems related to interoperability.

Date Published: January 1, 2002