Shared Spectrum Co. announced that the National Institute of Justice will support its efforts to develop a multi-band cognitive radio system that will optimize spectrum access for public-safety agencies.

The project focuses on creating a spectrum management sub-system on radio networks that controls the individual radios with a spectrum-access policy that provide for better use of available frequencies. The company noted it has already developed, manufactured and field tested cognitive radio hardware and software for military applications called cognitive radio access and management that will lead to the creation and dissemination of a wide range of spectrum access and priority rules.