Next Generation 911 Geospatial Information Systems
Geospatial information systems (GIS) data is a foundational element of next generation 911 (NG911).
Pennsylvania’s transition to a NG911 environment greatly expands the need for a robust GIS capability on a local, regional, and statewide scale. Today, the 911 system is facing technical challenges that have a direct impact on the ability of public safety answering points (PSAP) to continue providing critical services to both the public and first responders.
Consumer communications technology has outpaced improvements and capabilities in 911 and the public safety community in general. The current 911 infrastructure is largely comprised of old, less flexible, and soon-to-be-obsolete technology.
NG911 is a necessary transition from Pennsylvania’s current, decades-old legacy 911 system infrastructure to an internet protocol (IP) based 911 system. Collaboration between GIS stakeholders at all levels of government is critical to minimizing duplication of efforts and establishing a statewide GIS framework to support NG911 in a planned, efficient, and cost-effective manner.
NG911 GIS Resources
Below are helpful resources supporting Pennsylvania’s NG911 GIS goals and priorities as outlined in the NG911 GIS Strategic Plan (PDF).
Best Practices and Templates