NIHS News

Response of Curtain Wall Architectural Envelopes to Negative Phase Blast Effects Project Reaching Milestones

Date:  May 31, 2011

The Need Addressed By the Project:  

Reduce collateral damage to structures and protect citizens near terrorist targets by increasing the resiliency of curtain wall systems in the negative blast phase.

Project Overview:     

·         Develop architectural envelopes for blast mitigation solutions in typical curtain wall configurations

ElanTech’s IMDSS software deployed in earthquake simulation at Kentucky’s Murray State University

Date:  May 24, 2011

ElanTech’s IMDSS software deployed in earthquake simulation at Kentucky’s Murray State University.

Highway Bridge Standoff Measurement System Project Reaching Milestones

Date:  May 18, 2011

On Wednesday, May 4, 2011, members of the Highway Bridge Standoff Measurement System project team condcuted a demonstration at a bridge located on Interstate 265 at Beulah Church Road in Louisville. 

IMDSS and MITOC Projects Demonstrated at the DHS S&T Expo

Date:  May 9, 2011

The IMDSS and MITOC projects was demonstrated at the DHS S&T Expo on April 28, 2011 at the Holiday Inn Capitol in Washington, DC. The Expo will demonstrated and displayed S&T Technologies that support our Citizens and First Responders when protecting, responding and recovering from hazards.

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The Challenge

The task of assuring the security of our homeland involves protecting the citizens of the United States, the nation's critical infrastructure and key assets. This is necessary to sustain the nation's vitality against terrorism and other threats. This protection must originate at the community level. It requires discovering, developing and deploying new technology that will support first responders and key decision makers in local communities.

The Mission

NIHS' mission is to discover, develop and deploy solutions that protect and preserve the critical infrastructure of the nation's communities.

The Institute

NIHS aligns projects and research objectives with the needs and requirements of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The strategy is to manage a distributed research enterprise that effectively transitions research and development into solutions. NIHS works with DHS to determine technology needs at the community level. Then, teams are quickly assembled from multiple universities to develop solutions to the needs.

The Strategy

Through management of the Kentucky Critical Infrastructure Protections Program (KCI), the National Institute for Hometown Security (NIHS) provides an ongoing, integrated program dedicated to developing new technologies and devices. NIHS works through qualified academic institutions to accomplish the technological objectives.