Interoperability Projects Enhance Customer Capability and Success

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NCOIC contract activities, exercised within our open environment, represent a unique tool for government customers to engage cross-industry ideas. These interoperability projects provide business with insight into government thinking, and benefit government agencies by clarifying capabilities and technical advances taking place within industries – information about which the government is often unaware.

NCOIC contract activities fall into two areas: concept development studies and proof-of-concept demonstrations.

Concept development is typically a position paper or analysis that describes the capabilities interoperability can achieve, along with a description of interoperability tools.

An NCOIC proof-of-concept demonstration integrates a concept with current technology and utilizes the consortium’s interoperability processes or patterns. The end result of the demonstration enables customers and members to see the viability of the concept and existing capabilities as well as those areas where NCOIC and our members were unable to find appropriate technologies or capabilities. In this fashion, both NCOIC customers and members identify current capabilities, while members identify future opportunities for a particular market.

With each project, NCOIC provides a Voice of Industry review that enables all consortium members to comment on the contract deliverable. These comments are integrated into a document presented to the contracting agency along with the delivered contract. Our contract process and Voice of Industry reviews are unique and are not utilized by any other for-profit or non-profit organization.

In addition, NCOIC has tool-training contracts to provide training and assistance to customers in implementing and using the consortium’s processes, frameworks and tools.

Examples of Key Demonstrations and Studies
Through the years, NCOIC projects have included…

Emergency Response Demonstration in 2007 that focused on the technical issues in connecting radio and cell communications in a natural disaster application.
Lab Interoperability Demonstration in 2010 that spotlighted the technical and cultural issues in a multi-national application. Seven NCOIC member-company laboratories were connected and collaborated while maintaining their proprietary property. For more information and a video, go to Laboratory Interoperability Project.

U.S. Federal Aviation Administration Studies and Discussions in 2012-2013 that were designed to help the agency implement interoperability aspects of its Next Generation Air Transport System (NextGen). The NCOIC activities positively impacted enterprise architecture design and information security.

NATO Communications and Information Agency Study in 2012 resulted in a plan for a consolidated IT infrastructure, architecture and business model to enable multiple-agency integration. The study addressed the multi-national technical, culture and business issues within NATO and recommended a secure, integrated-cloud environment and policy for military and civilian users.

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Demonstration in 2013 was a real-time, multi-national disaster simulation to show how a secure, federated cloud environment can be quickly and cost-effectively developed and used by a virtual team of responders with different technology platforms and policy rules. The NCOIC industry team identified technology insertion points and made recommendations to the NGA. The work led to the creation of the NCOIC Rapid Response Capability Process. For more information and videos on the project, go to NGA Demonstration.

NATO Communications and Information Agency Study in 2016 was designed to help enhance the agency’s contracting capability so it can address an increasing demand for products and services, and enable countries to acquire goods and services that will ultimately support NATO missions. For more information on the “quick response” effort, go to NATO Contracting Study.