GeoComm is leading the way into the vertical frontier of Public Safety Location Intelligence® with the release of a new product, GeoComm Vertical Location Services. This offering provides the missing link to making the z-axis actionable during 9-1-1 calls by converting raw positioning measurements from 9-1-1 callers’ cell phones into dispatchable locations including building name, street address, height above the ground, and probable floor level, while also generating a 3D visualization of the caller’s location inside a building.
Emergency Communication Centers (ECCs) are now receiving raw z-axis position measurements of cell phones during 9-1-1 calls. However, these measurements are delivered in a format that cannot be directly used by 9-1-1 telecommunicators, dispatchers, and emergency responders. By using GeoComm Vertical Location Services, emergency response personnel can now better interpret and understand this new location data to more efficiently and effectively identify, communicate, and navigate to 9-1-1 callers’ 3D location inside multistory buildings, resulting in reducing emergency response times, saving more lives, and protecting more property.
“The patent pending technology used in GeoComm Vertical Location Services delivers life-saving information to ECCs across the United States. Historically, locating 9-1-1 callers from cell phones inside multistory buildings has been challenging. This service builds upon GeoComm Indoor Maps which together unlock the life-saving potential of cell phone positioning technologies to find 9-1-1 callers inside buildings faster,” said John Brosowsky, GeoComm’s Vice President of Innovation.
GeoComm Vertical Location Services can be integrated via a simple web API into any public safety solution, such as 9-1-1 call taking, Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD), GIS tactical mapping, and first responder applications.
GeoComm is seeking feedback for GeoComm Vertical Location Services from early adopters via an early release program. To learn more about this offering and to participate in our early release program visit GeoComm’s website.
Consistent and accurate GIS data plays a vital role in showing the location of 9-1-1 callers and Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) incidents in PSAP mapping software. GIS data becomes even more mission critical with the evolution of NG9-1-1 systems which uses GIS data for routing live 9-1-1 calls. It is critical for GIS data to be Public Safety Grade in order to reduce response times, help save lives, and protect property.
GeoComm is pleased to share this updated checklist aimed at empowering agencies to achieve this high level of Public Safety Grade GIS data accuracy needed in an NG9-1-1 system. This checklist, based on industry best practices and NENA standards, covers key items to consider when working to achieve Public Safety Grade GIS data critical for NG9-1-1. These items include:
– Providing education to GIS and PSAP stakeholders.
– Reviewing data requirements for NG9-1-1.
– Achieving 98% or great synchronization level between the MSAG, ALI Database, and GIS data.
– Documenting GIS data management procedures and workflows.
– And much more.
“We are excited to provide this checklist as we know that achieving the necessary data quality levels is a common challenge for PSAPs and for GIS professionals who support public safety systems today and are also tasked with building GIS data to meet NG9-1-1 requirements,” stated Deb Rozeboom, GeoComm Product Manager for Public Safety GIS Services. “Using our years of experience and participation and leadership in industry workgroups that set public safety GIS standards, we believe this checklist will assist in achieving Public Safety Grade GIS data, the highest level of GIS data accuracy needed for a NG9-1-1 system.”
Visit https://geocomm.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Public-Safety-Grade-GIS-Data-Checklist.pdf to download this checklist.
About GeoComm: GeoComm, provider of Public Safety Location Intelligence®, serves local, regional, statewide, and military agencies in forty-nine states, helping keep more than 100 million people safe. Over the last 26 years, GeoComm’s public safety GIS systems have routed emergency calls to the appropriate 9-1-1 call center, mapped the caller’s location on a call taker or dispatcher map, and guided emergency responders to the scene of the accident on mobile displays within police, fire, and ambulance vehicles. In addition, in 2021 our statewide NG9-1-1 GIS project footprint has expanded to include 17 statewide projects across the country. To learn more about GeoComm and our Public Safety Location Intelligence offerings, visit www.geocomm.com.