GeoComm Partnering with the State of Iowa to Manage Statewide GIS Dataset for NG9-1-1


August 2, 2016

St. Cloud, MN -Together, the State of Iowa and GeoComm have completed the implementation of a statewide seamless, gapless NG9-1-1 GIS dataset.  This dataset will be used for routing 9-1-1 calls and pre 9-1-1 call location validation in Iowa’s NG9-1-1 system.

GeoComm worked with the State and the 99 counties to:

  • Acquire locally authoritative GIS data
  • Transform and aggregate the data
  • Set up a repeatable process for on-going GIS data submission, transformation, aggregation, and Quality Control (QC)

GeoComm will now continue to work with all stakeholders for on-going sustainability processing of the local datasets into the statewide dataset, utilizing GeoComm’s GIS Managed Services bureau and a suite of GeoComm tools for data submission and QC reporting.  These sustaining services will provide Iowa with:

  • On-going GIS data updates from locally authoritative sources into the statewide GIS dataset
  • Critical GIS updates available for provisioning into the Emergency Call Routing Function (ECRF) and Location Validation Function (LVF)
  • Continuous reporting metrics and measurements on the quality of the GIS data

“GeoComm has demonstrated a great level of expertise in NG9-1-1 GIS standards throughout this project. The communication from the project team has been consistent and frequent; their plan was very effective in rolling out the new standards to the counties throughout the state. As a result of this project our GIS data will be adequately prepared for an NG9-1-1 environment,” Blake DeRouchey, Iowa E9-1-1 Program Manager.

“GeoComm is privileged to work side-by-side with Iowa to improve the state’s overall GIS data integrity and their accessibility to the GIS data for the implementation of ECRF GIS-based call routing in the 9-1-1 system,” said John Bryant GeoComm President/CEO.

About GeoComm: GeoComm (www.geo-comm.com) was founded in 1995 to provide county governments with turnkey emergency 9-1-1 development services. Over the subsequent 20 years, the company has grown to serve more than 12,000 dispatchers in 800 emergency 9-1-1 call centers in the United States, helping to keep more than 84 million people safe. Today, GeoComm has a national reputation as a leading provider of geographic information and communication systems. The company’s systems route emergency calls to the appropriate call center, map the caller’s location on call taker or dispatcher maps, and guide emergency responders to the scene of the incident on mobile displays within police, fire and ambulance vehicles.