NG9-1-1 GIS Project Newsletter
This project newsletter is intended to keep stakeholders informed with the project’s status, challenges/successes, and future efforts.
Request for Information Summary Report
Earlier this year the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Emergency Communication Networks (ECN) Division announced our intent to seek information from each PSAP in the state that will help us assess your individual GIS capabilities, software and data currently being used - or needed but not currently available, to support daily E9-1-1 workflows. The Request for Information (RFI) also sought to identify each PSAP’s GIS data issues and data sharing considerations.
Prepared in coordination with the Minnesota Geospatial Information Office (MnGeo), the RFI is now considered complete and responses to key questions deemed most impactful in shaping the implementation of NG9-1-1 in Minnesota have been summarized into a report. The RFI Summary Report and original questions are available below.
MnGeo helps modernize 9-1-1
The Minnesota Geospatial Information Office (MnGeo) and the Department of Public Safety (DPS) will collaborate to create a more modern 9-1-1 system entitled Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1). Through the use of geospatial data, emergency personnel will more accurately pinpoint where emergencies occur allowing for quicker responses – and the potential to save more lives. Accurate geospatial data will also allow 9-1-1 calls from any device to be routed to the correct 9-1-1 call center with the appropriate law enforcement, fire and medical responder information represented on their map display.
MnGeo’s role includes coordinating the development, aggregation, standardization, quality assurance and maintenance of geospatial data for NG9-1-1. The Next Generation team will work closely with authoritative sources (City, County, Tribal, Regional, State, and Federal) to create a program to gather and create mechanisms to maintain required data, such as streets, address points, and emergency response and community boundaries. MnGeo will also collect other beneficial data including the location of railroads and public places (schools, churches, landmarks). These datasets will be validated for accuracy and completeness prior to being coalesced into seamless statewide datasets that will be used to support 9-1-1 call routing, location validation and emergency response in NG9-1-1.
This project is being driven by advances in technology we use every day, such as smartphones and tablets. The current 9-1-1 system does not adequately support these devices, making it more time-consuming to get help to those who need it. The project is expected to be a multi-year effort.
Read the letter to Metropolitan Emergency Services Board County Administrators, Nine-County Metro Area Sheriffs and Metropolitan Emergency Services Board PSAP Managers, February 6, 2015
Read the letter to the Nine-County Metro Area GIS Managers and the MESB PSAP Managers, February 6, 2014