Office of Homeland Security
Kentucky Office of Homeland Security Releases iPhone Application
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 30, 2011) – The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) announces the release of an iPhone version of the Eyes and Ears on Kentucky application, which captures real-time suspicious activity reports submitted by the general public, private sector, and non-law enforcement first responders. The mobile app is currently available for download from the iTunes store.
“Our office is dedicated to protecting the Commonwealth and the iPhone application is the latest step in our continued effort,” said Gene Kiser, Acting Executive Director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security. “By putting this technology in citizens’ hands it will allow KOHS to receive the most current data on threats.”
The free mobile application allows users to report suspicious activities and items. “Suspicious activity” is human action logically indicating the possibility of an immediate or a near-future unsafe event. A “suspicious item” is any article or “thing” that reasonably could become harmful to others, therefore meriting professional inspection and disposition.
The Eyes and Ears on Kentucky mobile application captures information about the incident, subject(s), and vehicle(s), and takes advantage of built in functionality from the iPhone such as global positioning and the camera.
KOHS worked with a team from Kentucky.gov, provider of the official website of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, to deliver the web and mobile versions of the Eyes and Ears on Kentucky application.
Kentucky.gov is the official website of the Commonwealth of Kentucky (http://www.kentucky.gov). Kentucky.gov is a collaborative effort between the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Kentucky Interactive, LLC. Frankfort-based Kentucky Interactive helps state government entities web-enable their information services and is part of eGovernment firm NIC’s (NASDAQ: EGOV) family of companies.
NIC is the nation’s leading provider of official government portals, online services and secure payment processing solutions. The company’s innovative eGovernment services help reduce costs and increase efficiencies for government agencies, citizens and businesses across the country. NIC provides eGovernment solutions for more than 3,000 federal, state and local agencies across the United States. Additional information is available at http://www.nicusa.com.