The 2019 Q2 quarterly Kansas NG911 GIS data maintenance submission deadline is this Sunday, June 30, 2019.

If you have not made a submission, please do so by Sunday, June 30, 2019.

If no changes are needed, the Local Data Steward or Data Maintainer shall submit a “No Changes” statement via the Kansas NG911 Portal as least quarterly.

For more information on NG911 GIS data maintenance, access the DASC NG911 Initiatives webpage:
http://www.kansasgis.org/initiatives/NG911

NG911 GIS data maintenance is the responsibility of each and every PSAP, regardless of your PSAP’s status on the Hosted NG911 Network. Every PSAP must maintain and regularly submit NG911 GIS data updates using the NG911 Portal.

Please feel free to contact me or anyone on the NG911 GIS Committee with questions.

Thanks,
Eileen Battles

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Classes are being offered across the state in Garden City, Wichita & Topeka.

To register, access the DASC>Initiatives>NG911 webpage (link below). Click on the Training tab:
http://www.kansasgis.org/initiatives/NG911/index.cfm

The class listing and registration links are also available on the Kansas 911 Coordinating Council’s website (https://www.kansas911.org/gis/) under GIS>GIS Training.

Every PSAP (Public Safety Answering Point) must have a certified Local GIS Data Steward and GIS Data Maintainer.

The class materials are continuously updated, so even if you attended in the past, we encourage you to attend again.

A full class description, along with FAQs, can be found on the class registration page.

Thanks,
Sherry Massey, GIS Committee Co-Chair

ESInet Testing Yoder 2019

Several members of the Kansas NG911 team hard at work testing the ESInet at the Yoder Test and Evaluation Site.

ESInet Testing Yoder 2019

ESInet Testing Yoder 2019

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Ottawa and Saline County are the first two PSAPs to be migrated to the ESInet in 2019.

2018 was a very busy year with the Kansas hosted system deployments.
91 Sites were turned up since the first deployment in 2015 on the hosted call handling platforms (included PSAP’s, Yoder Test Center and 2 backup PSAP’s)
56 Sites were converted from legacy 911 Tandem switching to Next Generation ESInet intelligent switching (all done in 2018).  Work is being done to convert to Geospatial call routing in 2019.  More information to be provided on this as it becomes available.

 

 

 

May 1st, 2018 members of the Kansas 911 Coordinating Council and their partners at the KBI Facility on the Washburn Campus.  Thanks everyone for a successful workshop discussing the roadmap for the next year!

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Chief Heitschmidt announced he will retire from the Hutchinson Police Department October 1, 2018.

Read more about his announcement here http://www.hutchpost.com/hpd-chief-dick-heitschmidt-to-retire/

• 911 Act: Hearing was held. We worked extensively with the Kansas Association of Counties and other parties to support getting this bill out of committee. However, the Committee Chair announced in committee there were too many questions surrounding the fees and the bill would not be worked. The upcoming Legislative Post Audit Report was also mentioned as a reason for the delay. He advised he wanted to work with the parties over the interim to create a bill to be introduced early in the 2019 session. The bill is now officially dead.

https://www.kansas911.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/SB-420-Group-Amendment-update-2.pdf

This is the latest version that we have of Senate Bill 420.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Lori Alexander at [email protected]

or Scott Ekberg at [email protected]

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The call handling system the Kansas 911 Coordinating Council utilizes for the statewide call handling solution has been acquired by Motorola Solutions.  Motorola Solutions has featured videos on the Kansas 911 Coordinating Council in regard to Text-to-911 and Answering the Call for Help on their website.  You can view the videos at the following link

50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST 911 CALL

Topeka, KS, February 16, 2018– The Kansas 911 Coordinating Council would like to recognize the 911 professionals of Kansas on the 50th anniversary of the 1st 911 call.

On Feb16, 1968, Alabama Speaker of the House, Mr. Rankin Fite, made the first 911 call from the Haleyville City Hall.

From that small beginning, 911 technology has become more sophisticated in response to consumer expectations.

Each advancement has improved our nation’s ability to get better, more reliable information to first responders so they can do their job of saving lives and property.

Kansas PSAPs are the vital link in saving lives and property. The Kansas 911 Coordinating Council has worked to provide a statewide call handling system that is ready for Next Generation technology.

In the coming months Kansas PSAPs on the statewide call handling system will be migrating to state-of-the art i3 standardized architecture. This upgrade will allow for new communications technologies to be utilized in contacting 911. The 78 PSAPs currently on the statewide call handling system are able to receive text-to-911. The future will bring the possibility of pictures, videos and telematics to 911 centers.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY 911,
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!

 

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Today we received the Root Cause Analysis (RCA) report from AT&T in regard to the outage we experienced on the statewide hosted system on January 27th. As we had expected, the RCA shows that multiple events led to the outage. We were sure that this would be the case, as the system design would not allow a single fiber cut to create a 911 service event like we experienced. The corrective action plan, in our opinion, will make a recurrence of an event like this extremely unlikely. You can read the full RCA report here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Lori Alexander, 911 Liaison

[email protected]