Geographic Information System (GIS) technology, associated statewide geographic data layers, and location-based system components are the cornerstone of a Next Generation 911 (NG911) system.
Kansas NG911 GIS Committee
|Ken Nelson (Chair)||State of Kansas Geographic Information Officer (GIO)|
Kansas Geological Survey, Kansas Data Access & Support Center (DASC)
|Sherry Massey (Co-Chair)||IT Director, Dickinson County|
GIS Specialist, Kansas 911 Coordinating Council
|Eileen Battles||Kansas Data Access & Support Center (DASC)|
|Eamonn Coveney||City of Hays|
|Mike D’Attilio||Kansas Adjutant General’s Department|
Division of Emergency Management
|Kyle Gonterwitz||City of Lawrence|
|Saralyn Hayes||Mid-America Regional Council (MARC)|
|Jack Joseph||Sedgwick County Geographic Information Services|
|Sherie Taylor||Riley County IT/GIS|
|William Trimble||Kansas Data Access & Support Center (DASC)|
GIS Pilot Study
In 2011, a GIS Pilot Study was performed to determine the scope of work. The available GIS data for three contiguous counties were evaluated for quality, consistency and interagency alignment. Those counties included: Sedgwick (pop. 500k), Reno (64k) and Kingman (7k).
The GIS Pilot Study results include:
- Wide range of data quality even within a single jurisdiction
- Widely variance in available data and in the structure of common layers
- Relatively poor alignment with the MSAG/ALI Database
- Primary recommendation: “Construction of a statewide GIS database should begin as soon as possible, beginning with adopting GIS standards…“
GIS Enhancement Project
The GIS Enhancement Project was a three-phase project to get PSAP GIS data ready for NG911. An RFP was issued in Q3 2013 and awarded in Q4 2013.
- Project A: Gap Analysis
- The QA vendor evaluated all of the submitted GIS data and reported the results along with a rough estimate on remediation costs.
- Project B: Data Remediation
- PSAPs selected from five remediation vendors or chose to do the work in-house
- Fully remediated data was submitted back to the QA vendor for re-evaluation
- Project C: Quality Assurance
- Every “error” had to be fixed or commented on before it passed QA
GIS Training Videos
The NG911 GIS User Group has quarterly webinar meetings and meets in person annually at the Kansas Association of Mappers (KAM) conference.