MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University’s Program of Distinction in Telecommunications Systems Management (TSM) is the recipient of a $105,092.64 contract from the National Institute of Hometown Security (NIHS) tasked by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The contract focuses on the wired communications subsector of the communications critical infrastructure sector and the reliance of mobile communications on the wired communications subsector.

“Murray State has worked on similar projects with NIHS and DHS in the past, most recently looking at the timing requirements for the mobile communications subsector,” said Michael Ramage, principal investigator for the contract and Center for TSM director. “In this contract we will be focused on gathering, analyzing and summarizing the precise timing requirements of wired communications.”

The Center for TSM will work closely with NIHS, DHS leadership and the private sector to enhance the resiliency and robustness of position, navigation and timing (PNT)-related services that have applications in the critical infrastructure community. They will also assist with identifying methods for reducing inherent vulnerabilities in Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and determining whether another PNT system, which is complementary to GPS, is necessary to improve the overall resilience of the U.S. critical infrastructure.

In addition to Ramage, TSM faculty members Dr. Michael Bowman and Dr. Abdulrahman Yarali, along with Center for TSM staff Lindsey Garland and John Young, will be working together to complete the contract. Researchers Dr. James Gantt and Robert Harder will also contribute to completing the contract.

The TSM program is the award-winning Program of Distinction at Murray State University. The program was designed to focus on the network infrastructure in the rapidly growing technology industry. The TSM program is an interdisciplinary program that provides students a solid foundation in information systems technologies and the application of those technologies in a business environment.