The SAFECOM Program at DHS issued a survey yesterday that assesses progress on national interoperability. This is an important study, one that attempts to define common terms and benchmarks for interoperability on a national basis. This would help to clarify the public discussion over interoperability and shift it away from what has too often been a confused and easily manipulable debate.
There aren’t any strong conclusions from the study, which is to be expected, given that this study will only become really valuable over time as a benchmark against which future progress is measured. It finds that larger public agencies are more likely to use interoperability, and that cross-jurisdictional interoperability is more advanced than interoperability between state and local agencies. And the reports notes that “approximately two-thirds of agencies reporting use interoperability to some degree,” but it applies no subjective value judgment to that statistic.