As agencies across the country begin their transition to Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1), it has become apparent that accurate Geographic Information System (GIS) is a necessity. NG9-1-1 relies on accurate GIS map data to validate addresses and to route 9-1-1 calls to the proper Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP). In Tennessee, the entire state has begun taking the necessary steps to ensure the quality of their GIS map data will meet the needs of NG9-1-1. The Tennessee Information for Public Safety (TIPS) standard lays the foundation by requiring each Emergency Communication District (ECD) in Tennessee to submit their GIS data to the state by June 30, 2012. In addition, the State of Tennessee is requiring that all ECDs submit a plan by January 1, 2013 indicating they are working to improve their GIS data to meet National Emergency Number Association (NENA) Next Generation 9-1-1 GIS guidelines. This plan will outline the GIS layers each ECD needs in a NG9-1-1 system and the GIS map data table structure. Providing this plan demonstrates the ECD is working on improving their GIS data for a NG9-1-1 system. Sumner County decided to hire GeoComm to review the GIS map data and offer suggestions for improvement.
“Sumner County realized the critical role that GIS data plays in today’s E9-1-1 system and the even more crucial role that accurate GIS data plays in Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1). With NG9-1-1 implementation just around the corner and the Tennessee State Standards for NG9-1-1 GIS data already in place, Sumner County realized that significant improvements needed to be made to our existing E9-1-1 GIS data. With the completion of this extensive project Sumner County now has the basis for meeting both TIPS compliancy and for passing state GIS audits for NG9-1-1 compliancy. While some work still remains, the project completed by GeoComm Inc. put Sumner County far ahead of the game. This project allows us to easily proceed in meeting state standards. GeoComm’s staff completed the work in a timely and professional manor even taking on several additional tasks which we had not identified before the project began. Our thanks to GeoComm for partnering with Sumner County in this effort and for delivering high quality GIS data.”
~Tonya Jetton, Assistant 911 Director, Sumner County Emergency Communications District