NSGIC joins NG911 NOW Coalition

June 16, 2016  - By
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The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) has joined the NG911 NOW Coalition, a coalition focused on rapidly accelerating the deployment of Next Generation 911 (NG911), as a strategic partner.

NSGIC is actively engaged in NG911 issues, NSGIC President Chris Diller said in his response to NG911 NOW Coalition’s invitation to partner. He cited NSGIC’s own NG911 committee, resources found on its website, various position papers and formal presentations at its annual conference.

“Joining the NG911 NOW Coalition is the right thing to do,” Diller said.

NSGIC members serve the entire geospatial community in their respective states. They coordinate data development projects to ensure that the data will meet the majority of needs for local, state, tribal and federal agencies. The NG911 community has the highest level business requirements which are related to their life-saving activities. Creating data for this purpose and then sharing the data with all government agencies is efficient and effective government in action.

In early March, NSGIC formally announced its support of the NG911 NOW Coalition’s position to “accelerate the implementation of NG911 services by the end of 2020.” In a statement released at that time, NSGIC noted, “This move to a nationwide interconnected NG911 system will require the integration of robust GIS datasets produced at the state and local levels and will require the creation of data governance policies and procedures to ensure data available to the NG911 system is both current and active.”

NSGIC joins the Internet2 Technology Center, the 911 Education Foundation, the NG911 Institute and the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association in the NG911 NOW Coalition partners program. The Coalition was established by the National Association of State 911 Administrators, the National Emergency Number Association and the Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies.

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About the Author: Tracy Cozzens

Senior Editor Tracy Cozzens joined GPS World magazine in 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.