interoperability

noun
in·​ter·​op·​er·​a·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌin-tər-ˌä-p(ə-)rə-ˈbi-lə-tē \

Definition of interoperability

: ability of a system (such as a weapons system) to work with or use the parts or equipment of another system

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interoperable \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈä-​p(ə-​)rə-​bəl \ adjective

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The lack of interoperability would also present major obstacles if the U.S. needed to fight a war alongside an ally whose advanced military equipment had been sourced from Russia or China. Alexander Benard, WSJ, "America Needs to Sell More Weapons," 1 July 2018 The decline of interoperability and open standards has long been chipping away at the freedom of the internet. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "If You Want To Fix Facebook, Tear Down Its Walls," 31 July 2018 For city and county authorities, the decision between BEBs and diesel or natural gas buses is still agonizingly difficult, involving considerations about infrastructure, interoperability, lock-in, and lifecycle analysis that are new to many of them. David Roberts, Vox, "China made solar panels cheap. Now it’s doing the same for electric buses.," 24 July 2018 Another reason is to improve interoperability between the two militaries. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Could U.S. Anti-Missile Defenses Let Japan Shoot Down North Korean Missiles?," 6 Nov. 2017 The problem may have been related to interoperability issues as carriers upgrade to the new Rich Communication Services protocol that the industry plans to use as a replacement for SMS texting. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Security News This Week: A Facebook Bug Unblocked Users for a Week," 7 July 2018 The electronic interoperability between hospitals for medical records is dependent on ease of consent and the hospitals’ lawyers and their interpretation of privacy laws. New York Times, "Readers Respond to the 5.20.18 Issue," 31 May 2018 Early reviews of FirstNet’s interoperability are good. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, "FirstNet launches, giving police and firefighters a dedicated wireless network and infinite possibilities," 25 June 2018 The government agency was created after 9/11 to devise the interoperability of first responders, and then to enable video, data and text capabilities in addition to voice. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, "FirstNet launches, giving police and firefighters a dedicated wireless network and infinite possibilities," 25 June 2018

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1965, in the meaning defined above

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