The Kansas 911 Coordinating Council’s (the Council’s) recent efforts have focused on providing affordable, NG911 capable call handling to the Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) in Kansas, but many of them are operating on old or outdated equipment in other critical areas. Some of the systems needed to process NG911 calls can be very expensive and require large up-front expenditures of funds that are simply not available to many Kansas PSAPs, almost half of which operate on only $60,000 per year in 911 fees. Most of that money is taken up by regular recurring costs like phone lines, utility bills, and maintenance fees. Building up the reserves to tackle a large expenditure can be burdensome in any PSAP and impossible in some. Many PSAPs in Kansas need NG911 compliant voice recorders, new or updated Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) systems, updated computer hardware and broadband data infrastructure, or wish to start Emergency Medical Dispatch systems but cannot afford the implementation costs.

To address this need, the Council applied to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)’s 911 Grant Program and received funding for a subgrant project that can provide PSAPs with the funds to help cover the costs of hardware, software, and training associated with the processing and dispatching of NG911 calls.

See the document below for more information.

https://www.kansas911.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/NG911-Grants-for-Kansas-PSAPS.pdf

 

Make sure you save the date, November 13th, 2019 to attend Admin Day!
Once again we will be at the Meridian Center in Newton, Kansas
0900-1600 hours and lunch will be provided.

Updates to follow with the schedule

Riley County cut live today, August 22, 2019 with the Hosted Vesta and ESInet.
This is a photo of Tyler Seifkes the 911 director.
Everything went well, AT&T brought the south Tiger Team to assist in getting all of the positions cutover in a timely fashion during the day.

Riley is currently an AT&T telco served area, so the conversion from the Legacy CAMA world to ESInet was straightforward. They installed 6 Vesta positions and 2 Softphones. The AT&T techs integrated the Riley Co PD Avaya phone system which was maintained by Allegiance Communications. The administrative phone integration was complex which included Plexar lines, a PRI to the Avaya and 1FB’s. The Techs did a great job working thru the details.

Welcome to the hosted system Riley County!

Coming soon sign

Google is implementing a new 911 feature on Android devices.  As soon as it is released I will be testing the feature and will keep you informed on how this may affect your PSAP.  A link to the article is below.

https://www.rrmediagroup.com/News/NewsDetails/newsID/18538

 

911 phone text

The federal grant has been awarded to Kansas.  We will have more information on how 911 centers can apply for a grant soon.  The subcommittee has a meeting this coming week to work on finalizing the requirements and approved projects.

Read more about the grant at the link below.

911-Grant-Program-Awards-Press-Release-Aug-2019

 

 

The Kansas 911 Coordinating Council has authorized the replacement of the current Vesta
Locate call handling mapping application with RapidDeploy Radius Plus Mapping and Nimbus
Cloud Aided Dispatch (CAD). The inclusion of these cloud-based products into the Statewide
NG911 System will provide many new features and capabilities.

AT&T and RapidDeploy collaborate to deliver full suite of NG911 Integrated Solutions for Kansas 9-1-1 centers.

Read the full story below.

https://www.kansas911.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/RapidDeploy-Announcement-002.pdf

 

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

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!

Person standing next to k911 sign

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]