What is Standards Compliance Testing?
Standards Compliance Testing
The Motion Imagery Standards Laboratory (MIS-LAB) Compliance Test and Evaluation (CTE) Program is composed of the MIS-LAB CTE Facility, policies, procedures, and administrative planning actions required to achieve and sustain a Motion Imagery (MI) system's compliance with the Motion Imagery Standards Profile (MISP) and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Standardization Agreement (STANAG) 4609 specifications through testing. Testing determines to what extent the Implementation Under Test (IUT) (software, hardware, or firmware) is able to encode and/or decode MI data in compliance with the MISP/STANAG 4609 specifications by meeting requirements that are classified as standards, profiles, recommended practices, or engineering guidelines. The test program supports the Department of Defense (DoD), the Intelligence Community (IC), and the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG) objectives for ensuring an interoperable format for the exchange of MI products among systems.
The objective of MIS-LAB compliance testing is to assess the ability of an MI system or product to produce and process MISP and/or STANAG 4609
specified compliant test files. The JITC MIS-LAB determines the functionality of systems' enhancements. Testing will occur throughout the
systems' lifecycles and may be performed in conjunction with other testing whenever possible to conserve resources. The Motion Imagery
Standards Board (MISB) and JITC MIS-LAB will validate changes or additions nominated for inclusion in the MISP and/or STANAG 4609
standards. The latest approved MISP and STANAG 4609 are on the MISB website. Compliance testing is a methodology that ensures
all vendors and developers of MI products interpret the MISP and STANAG 4609 standards in a uniform manner, thereby reducing the
possibility of interoperability problems during system/product fielding. Vendors and developers around the world participate in the
program. It would be impossible to expect every vendor or developer to interpret every specification in the same manner. Therefore,
the recommendations provided by MIS-LAB CTE personnel provide the consistency and uniformity needed for improved interoperability.
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