Interoperability!. Chances are, it is a term we don’t think about too much. It is defined as the ability of a system to work smoothly and reciprocally with the equipment in another system. In times of crisis, interoperability between first responders is critical. Unfortunately, in many areas of the country, emergency personnel do not have access to the broadband and cutting edge technology that consumers do. Congressman Donald Payne Jr., who serves as Ranking Member of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications, has asserted that enabling police, fire and medical services to use the same bandwidth in emergencies is among our biggest challenges. Fortunately, there is a branch of The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Public Safety Communications Research Division (PSCR) whose purpose is to conduct research into overcoming obstacles to interoperability among emergency systems. They are currently offering the NIST Public Safety Innovation Acceleration Program to enhance the ability of public safety operations to protect the public through more sophisticated communication setups.