Program Profiles

North American Transportation Security Center

 

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. A multi-state implementation program will support development of the hazmat truck tracking center into full operational status.

Pandemic Planning and Preparedness

 

Drs. Paul McKinney and Ruth Carrico with the University of Louisville are leading an effort to provide operation plans if a pandemic were to occur in the foreseeable future. This program is focused on helping communities prepare and respond to pandemics. Areas of emphasis are detection, preparedness, protection, response and recovery. 

 

 

Pandemic Planning and Preparedness

Researchers at the University of Louisville are leading an effort to provide operation plans if a pandemic were to occur in the forseeable future. This program is focused on helping communities prepare and respond to pandemics.  Areas of emphasis are detection, preparedness, protection, response and recovery.

Rapidly Deployable System for Structural Stabilization

Dr. Thomas Robl with the University of Kentucky is developing a rapidly deployable system to stabilize blast damaged structures to avoid catastrophic failure. The system is composed of a delivery vehicle capable of shortcreting or grouting prepackaged fiber reinforced cements mortars and micro-aggregated concretes that are strong and rapid setting. The system will be easy to operate and robust. The sortcretes and grouts will be made from a single bag mix and water and will be simple to formulate. These  materials are based on calcium sulfoaluminate cement formulations that are capable of achieving set times in minutes and structural strength.

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.