NIHS News

3D Finger and Palm Print Project Demonstrates Scanner

Date:  May 2, 2011

On Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. EST, members of the 3-D Finger and Palm Scanner development team demonstrated the working scanner to NIHS. The objective of this project was to quickly and accurately capture 3-D palm and fingerprints in a format that is backwards compatible with existing 2-D rolled fingerprint formats.  The device is to be non- To date, eight of the ten contractual contact, small and lightweight, and require no operator manipulation.

NIHS has Executed the Contract for Dr. Ernest with Western Kentucky University

Date:  April 27, 2011

NIHS has executed the contract for the project, "Understanding Economic Impacts of Disruptions in Water Service," for Dr. Andy Ernest with Western Kentucky University.

Johns Hopkins and ElanTech Complete Tabletop Simulation of Next-Generation GIS Public Health Emergency Management Software

Date:  April 19, 2011

ElanTech has completed a successful tabletop simulation of its new IMDSS-H software tool, which will be used by public health incident response teams facing conflicting data and incomplete information when they arrive at the scene of a public health emergency. ElanTech is a government prime contractor specializing in the development of real-time web-based GIS solutions for emergency management.

North American Transportation Security Center featured at the DHS S&T COE Summit

Date:  April 12, 2011

The North American transportation Security Center was featured at the DHS S&T Center of Excellence Summit in Washington, DC on March 2- April 1, 2011.  Doug Kreis with the University of Kentucky is supporting these efforts by implementing a hazmat truck tracking center. The University of Kentucky, specifically the Kentucky Transportation Center (KTC) and its partners, will expand upon the work completed under the Hazmat Truck Security Pilot by building a functional prototype of a hazmat truck tracking center.

NIHS Executes Contract for Dr. Lindell Ormsbee

Date:  April 4, 2011

NIHS has executed the contract for the project, Studying Distribution System Hydraulics and Flow Dynamics to Improve Water Utility Operational Decision Making.  This project will be led by Dr. Lindell Ormsbee, with the University of Kentucky. 

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.