TIP’s three-tier badging system – bronze, silver, gold – is based on TIP’s T&V Framework and demonstrates the increasing maturity and interoperability of individual products, product combinations, or solutions.Bronze badges demonstrate a vendor’s self-assessed compliance with TIP requirements, while silver and gold badges involve increasing levels of testing. The bronze, silver, and gold badge requirements are based on use cases emerging from TIP’s various project groups. For silver and gold badges, the project groups also define relevant test requirements and/or test plans. Vendors and operators should review the TIP requirements and test plans associated with particular badges. A bronze or silver badge does not mean that a particular product, combination, or solution is not suitable for deployment. Rather, operators will typically do more in-house testing before deploying a bronze or silver product, combination, or solution alongside other technologies, or in a particular use case. For example, some Tier 1 operators may continue relying on their own testing of bronze or silver-badged products, while smaller operators may prefer silver or gold-badged solutions.