Integrated - Version HISS - Homeland Security Information Sharing System
HISS is easily scaleable and very flexible in linking with other homeland security software modules that utilize the same databases. It can quickly and inexpensively be modified to incorporate many manually operated homeland security data and incident management routines.
The HISS is a real-time, integrated, web-based CBRNE data acquisition, analytics, visualization, human health risk assessment, emergency response, warning, and reporting application that
- enables users to collect CBRNE concentrations in the environment before, during and after terrorist attacks
- allows users to analyze CBRNE data spatially and temporally
- alerts the National Incident Management Centers and on site responders of the advancing CBRNE plumes
- provides real-time 3-dimensional data visualization and graphs so that users can instantly understand complex site conditions as well as the trends and magnitude of CBRNE threats
- enables decision makers to comprehensively and accurately assess site conditions in real time, rank potential CBRNE-derived risks, and timely produce actionable intelligence
- enhances communications between the National Incident Management Centers, first responders and communities (or the Battlefield Command Center and troops) during a CBRNE triggered emergency to avert crises and save lives.
In business, knowledge is power. In homeland security, data/knowledge is literally a matter of life and death. Almost five years after 9/11, much of homeland protection related data tasks are being performed by highly specialized analysts acting as separate “Data Island,” with limited communications among them. Data sharing and effective collaboration remain major bottlenecks and the most challenging pieces of the homeland security puzzle.
Recognizing these deficiencies, the Department of Homeland Security, on April 1, 2005, issued 7 Interim National Preparedness Goals which include:
- Strengthening information sharing and collaboration capabilities
- Strengthening interoperable communications capabilities
- Strengthening chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) detection, response and decontamination capabilities, and
- Expanding regional collaboration.
Responding to these challenges, IES formed e-Informatics to provide homeland security data sharing, visualization and communication services. It draws on IES’ experience and expertise in near real-time acquisition, analysis, communication of and emergency response to CBRNE data at hazardous waste sites.
One of the objectives of e-Informatics is to help seamlessly link the above referenced Data Island, to empower homeland security professionals to identify actionable intelligence immediately and accurately to save time and lives. To this end, e-Informatics developed a CBRNE real time data acquisition, analysis, reporting, and decision support system. This system, called Homeland Security Information Sharing System (HISS) was developed in consultation with experts at the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy. HISS was designed based on a patented webEDMS technology owned by IES.
In April 2006, IES/e-Informatics was selected as an approved subcontractor by the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) for its new security system.
The Homeland Security Services that e-Informatics Offers Include:
I. Site Assessment and Planning
- Facility Vulnerability Assessment
- Facility Hardening and Prevention of CBRNE Attacks
- CBRNE Emergency Response Planning
- CBRNE Emergency Preparation and Exercises
- Emergency Response Training and Documentation
II. Real Time, web-Based CBRNE Data Monitoring, Sharing and Management
- Design and Implementation of CBRNE Monitoring Network
- Real-Time Field Data Collection for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) Agents
- CBRNE Detection, Monitoring, Assessment, Notification and Emergency Response
- 2D And 3D CBRNE Data Analysis, Trending and Visualization
- Design and Operations of the Homeland Security Information Sharing System (HISS)
III. Emergency Response, Communication and Decision Support
- Real-Time Health Risk Analysis of CBRNE Releases
- Decision Support during CBRNE Crisis
- Data Sharing and Communication during CBRNE Emergencies
- Continuity of Government Planning