It is the new reality for 9-1-1 that GIS will play a mission critical role in future systems. In an NG9-1-1 system, GIS will be the mission critical database utilized for location validation and call routing, replacing traditional tabular Master Street Address Guides (MSAG). Merely loading “shapefiles” into a “Location to Service Translation (LoST) server” is not a viable solution for mission critical 9-1-1 systems. GeoComm is equipped to help you in planning and preparing your GIS data for a NG9-1-1 environment. We can help you navigate through all the NG9-1-1 GIS requirements and recommend approaching an NG9-1-1 transition in three steps. These steps are: assess, improve, and maintain.
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Assess GIS Data
Before you begin any project the first step is to assess your current position. All across public safety forums, speaking events, and conferences the following information is conveyed: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data is a critical component of Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) and essential for location validation, call routing, call handling, call transfers, and emergency response. Today is the day to prepare your GIS data.
The best approach to assessing the current status of your GIS data includes:
- Educating the stakeholders (local, regional, and state level) about the process, project needs, and goals of the project
- Review existing GIS data schemas and GIS data standards
- Developing GIS data standards and data models
- Analyzing existing GIS data along with the MSAG and ALI database to map a path to improve GIS data
Improve GIS Data
The second step to NG9-1-1 GIS data readiness is to improve your GIS data based on the assessment. GeoComm’s highly skilled project managers and subject matter experts, partner with you to develop and customize a data improvement plan specific to your NG9-1-1 GIS data needs. Your GIS map data improvement goals are achieved by implementing industry best practices and comprehensive quality control (QC) checks. Our highly experienced staff works to deliver the highest quality GIS map data based on your customized data improvement plan. As your GIS map data is being improved, quality control processes are being conducted real-time, utilizing our suite of industry specific GIS improvement tools.
Maintain GIS Data
Once the GIS datasets are improved, maintaining the consistency and integrity of these local, regional, and statewide GIS datasets is directly tied to the ongoing support required to continue to improve the data. Proper GIS data management assures lives are not put in jeopardy because of outdated or inaccurate GIS map data. You will need to determine how to manage the GIS data updates including which parts of the maintenance you want to be responsible for.