Research

CTSM Research Projects

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Aerial Radio Repeater

A project developed by The Center for Telecommunications Systems Management to address the need for repeater technology related to voice and data communications. This project is very portable and has the ability to be transported with nearly any type of aircraft. Attempts at commercializing this product have been made, although unfinished.

Assessment of UICDS Software Version 1.2.2

Unified Incident Command and Decision Support (UICDS) is a national middleware framework to enable information sharing and decision support among commercial, academic, volunteer, and government incident management technologies used across the country to prevent, protect, respond, and recover from natural, technological, and terrorist events. UICDS is designed around data standards and the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) to support the National Response Framework (NRF) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS), including the Incident Command System (ICS). UICDS links homeland security and emergency management organizations, from incident command at the scene of an emergency to local and state operations centers to federal departments and agencies, from intelligence fusion centers to transportation management centers to health service organizations, and many other groups. UICDS is the standards-based middleware that exposes selected data from commercial and government applications and allows relevant emergency applications to subscribe to that information in order to have more than situational awareness – UICDS enables true sharing of information among applications so that each application’s user can process, manipulate, expand, visualize, and share better and new information.

BB Mapping

BB Mapping is a project developed by the Center for Telecommunications Systems Management at Murray State University to serve the purpose of mapping broadband signals covering multiple regions. Mobile devices were used to measure the strength and data rate of signals to verify coverage statements made by telecommunications service providers.

Collaborative Project

Information Assurance Security Curriculum & Faculty Development: This project involving The Center of Telecommunications Systems Management at Murray State University was executed for professional development. This collaborative project involved an overhaul of the curriculum and an introduction to new concepts and material pertaining to courses. New course material along with faculty development and equipment allowed for more expansion of the Center for Telecommunications Systems Management at Murray State University.

Incident Management and Decision Support System™ (IMDSS™)

– $1.1M – 2 years – April 2009 – April 2011

The Incident Management and Decision Support System™ (IMDSS™) project will deliver a web-enabled software suite to collect, share and process data and events as they occur, providing situation awareness at the local emergency management level and incident management level. The IMDSS™ will deliver near-real-time fusion of data from a variety of local sources providing incident managers with the ability to monitor and respond to emergency situations in a timely fashion. This project proposes the integration of the IMDSS™ software suite and the Man-portable Interoperable Tactical Operations Center™ (MITOC™) hardware platform in order to support the information and processing needs of the on-site incident commander. The MITOC™ is a man portable communications and processing platform that provides communications and processing capability.

Incident Management Decision Support System – Health™ (IMDSS-H™)

- $1.7M – 2 years – announced but not started.

The Incident Management Decision Support System – Health (IMDSS-H) project will deliver a health care extension to the Incident Management Decision Support System™ (IMDSS™) currently under development for Homeland Security. IMDSS-H™ will add the functionality required to collect, process and visualize public health information and use this information to aid in planning an effective response to potential medical and public health emergencies. IMDSS-H™ will simultaneously support local users within the local Emergency Operation Center (EOC) or community and/or remote users via a direct connection to the internet or a satellite connection using the Man-portable Interoperable Tactical Operations Center – Health™ (MITOC-H™).

Kentucky TeleHealth Project

The Center for Telecommunications Systems Management (CTSM) has partnered with the Trover Foundation in Madisonville to implement the Kentucky Telehealth Network (KTHN) for Western Kentucky to facilitate improved healthcare in rural areas. The Trover Foundation approached Murray State University CTSM requesting help for implementation of the Telehealth Network in Western Kentucky.  Currently, the KTHN has 24 participating sites statewide. There are nine sites in Western Kentucky including: Cumberland County Hospital, Marshall County Health Department, Monroe County Medical Center, Murray-Calloway Hospital, Owensboro-Mercy Health System, TJ Sampson Community Hospital in Glasgow, Trover Clinic in Madisonville, Trover Clinic in Morganfield and Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah.  CTSM will continue to provide expertise for the Telehealth project. CTSM’s special project/network coordinator Michael Ramage and graduate assistant Jack Smith have met with all participating sites and are currently connecting the hospitals on the KTHN.  The KTHN will allow a doctor in a major clinic to view an x-ray, observe an inner ear infection, or listen to a patient’s heart remotely, potentially saving hours of driving time from rural areas of the state. If the doctor needed, he could even focus so closely that he could see the tiny ridges on a finger. These systems will also allow for the continuing education of healthcare professionals utilizing video conferencing. Based on Governor Paul Patton’s desire for better healthcare in Kentucky, the General Assembly acted on the issue. Representative Steve Nunn sponsored and promoted the two bills, HB 177 and HB 112, setting up the framework for the Kentucky Telehealth Network (KTHN).  The legislation set up a KTHN Board of Directors and four training centers: University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, St. Claire Medical Center in Morehead and Trover Foundation in Madisonville. All hospitals on the network will have a video conferencing unit along with different peripherals. Using a dedicated line, each location will connect to UofL, which will in turn connect to the rest of the state via UK’s TeleCare. For more information on the Kentucky Telehealth Network, contact Michael Ramage at michael.ramage@murraystate.edu or see the Kentucky Telehealth home page at http://telehealth.state.ky.us. 

Mobile Information and Telecom Operations Center Health (MITOC-H)

A pre-configured, low-cost, and easy to use emergency communications system focused on the health care industry. It can be totally independent from terrestrial power. The MITOC-H has the capability to offer communication uplinks via existing wired, cellular, and satellite communications.

N. KY PH

Development of a special set of the Mobile Information and Telecom Operations Center for Northern Kentucky Healthcare.

Real-time Decision Support System (RTDSS)

Project developed by The Center for Telecommunications Systems Management to allow for modeling in areas impacted by various disasters. These models permit for emergency responders to assess the severity of disasters pertaining to specific locations, allowing emergency responders to increase efficiency.

Responderlink

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