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1 Saving Lives with GIS Jason Horning – NG9-1-1 Program Manager @ NDACo
Bob Nutsch – State GIS State of ND

2 Overview Background of GIS in 9-1-1
Next Generation and GIS – It’s here! GIS Maintenance – It’s up to you! GIS Technical Committee (GISTC) & GIS Hub 9-1-1 Association’s GIS Committee

3 Background of GIS in 9-1-1 A Short History

4 1990’s Automatic Number Identification – Gave PSAPs the ability to map a caller based on their landline telephone number. Resource intensive PSAP had to managed records associating telephone number to location Automatic Location Identification (Wireline) – Gave PSAPs the ability to map a caller based on their physical address. Less resource intensive Location / Telephone number information managed by the telephone providers Address information managed by the PSAP GIS / Mapping was deployed in very few PSAPs Seatol Mapping Deployed (1992) FCC Order Issued for Wireless Location Required carriers to provide location of caller by early 2000’s ANI Example ALI Example (Wireline): John Doe 1661 Capitol Way, Bismarck, ND Bismarck Fire 5 Metro Ambulance Bismarck PD

5 2000’s Wireless Carriers began providing Latitude/Longitude location in ALI for callers. Incentivized PSAPs to deploy GIS/Mapping software to locate the caller GIS / Mapping system deployment percentage began to increase because of wireless Many PSAPs deployed standalone mapping systems GIS / Mapping was used, primarily, to locate the caller after the call was received. Management of consistency between landline ALI databases and GIS database became an issue ALI Example (Wireless): , Uncertainty: 20 meters

6 2010 & Beyond GIS is finding its way into all types of technologies in the PSAP (CAD, Recording, Records Management, etc.) GIS lives at the core of Next Generation System (NG9-1-1) Based on information maintained at the local level ALI is being completely replaced in NG9-1-1, eliminating the consistency problems that have existed between ALI databases and GIS databases. States, Counties, Municipalities, and Tribal Organizations throughout the country have begun work on their GIS in preparation for NG9-1-1

7 Next Generation 9-1-1 and GIS
It’s Here!

8 How is GIS used in Next Generation 9-1-1?
GIS is used to keep data clean and consistent Step 1: Telephone Carrier, “Is this address OK?” Step 2: GIS Database, “Yes” Step 3: Telephone Carrier, “Great, I’ll store it then” GIS 911 Database

9 How is GIS used in Next Generation 9-1-1?
GIS is used to deliver the call to the correct PSAP Step 1: Telephone Carrier, “I have this location for the caller, where should I direct their call?” Step 2: GIS Database, “Direct them here” Step 3: Telephone Carrier, “Will do, Thanks!” GIS 911 Call PSAP

10 How is GIS used in Next Generation 9-1-1?
GIS is used to deliver the call to the correct PSAP Step 1: PSAP, “I just received a 911 call for this location, who should I have respond?” Step 2: GIS Database, “Here are the responders” Step 3: PSAP, “Thanks!” GIS FIRE LAW EMS Dispatch (Radio, Pager, etc.)

11 How is GIS used in Next Generation 9-1-1?
GIS is used to Save Lives Every Day, Every Call The transition to NG9-1-1 represents a dramatic increase in the level of importance with respect to GIS

12 How do Counties fit into this picture?
County Government has an extremely important role to play!!! GIS data MUST be developed GIS data MUST be meticulously maintained GIS data MUST be changed as changes occur… not when someone gets around to them. County Responsibilities Include: Address Information (Roads and Address Points) Service Boundary Information (PSAP, Law, Fire, EMS)

13 How do I get started? Good News! Work has already begun.
Seamless Base Map Project Three Phase Project to Develop Road and Address Point GIS data. State Radio Counties ( ) Western Counties ( ) Eastern Counties ( ) Project Includes a FREE GIS Maintenance Tool. Counties must decide how they want to maintain their data and identify a resource

14 GIS Maintenance Resource Options
Identify someone on staff that can perform GIS Maintenance Make sure to have a backup plan! Hire someone that can perform GIS Maintenance Hire a vendor that can perform GIS Maintenance on your behalf Still need to communicate changes to your vendor Hire NDACo to perform GIS Maintenance on your behalf Recent program added to address GIS maintenance for counties in need

15 GIS Maintenance Method Options
Use the NDDES Geocomm tools to maintain data directly Use the NDDES Geocomm tools to submit change orders DES would make the edits on your behalf Edit your GIS data internally and submit to NDDES


17 Advice Figure out what you will do for maintenance resources
Who will do the work? Do we need a backup plan? Figure out what you will do for maintenance method How will the work be done? Take the seamless base map project VERY seriously As the project begins work in your jurisdiction make sure to get involved This is the data we’ll be using for 9-1-1, It is IMPERATIVE that it be collected and maintained. Know where you fall into the seamless base map project 2013 / 2014 / 2015 Need to make a decision before then Ask Questions if you have them!

18 GIS Technical Committee & GIS Hub
Bob Nutsch

19 About the GISTC The GIS Technical Committee (GISTC) was established by Executive Order and re-affirmed by The GISTC coordinates and directs GIS activities within the state The Full GISTC meets annually The GISTC meets monthly Meetings are all open

20 Executive GISTC Membership
State Water Commission – Rod Bassler Dept. of Health – Ann Fritz Dept. of Transportation – Brian Bieber Game and Fish – Brian Hosek Geological Survey – Elroy Kadrmas Parks and Recreation – Chris Dirk Information Technology Dept. – Bob Nutsch Land Dept.* – Levi Erdmann Public Service Commission* – Bruce Johnson Oil & Gas Division* – Brock Wahl Dept. Of Emergency Services* – Phil Peterschick Dept. of Agriculture* – Jim Hansen *Associate Members

21 Mission The State of North Dakota's GIS Hub will provide the essential infrastructure to share core geographic datasets through an accessible data warehouse among stakeholders with browsing ability to the general public. The Hub will leverage the State's existing data, infrastructure and expertise to implement the core elements of this enterprise solution.

22 Who do we work with? State agencies Cities Counties Tribal
Higher Education Federal agencies We could do more if we could, short on staff Monthly and annual meetings

23 Goals

24 GIS Hub The purpose of the GIS Hub is to provide a central database and web infrastructure serving state agencies General funding began with the Biennium Located at the Information Technology Department (

25 GIS Hub

26 Data Access – Download & Services
Use the Hub Data Portal (

27 Hub Explorer
Note that by clicking on the text icon in front of the layer name, this will bring up the information/download link for that item in the Hub Data Portal

28 Data… Sharing Recent discussion
The state welcomes “general interest” data from cities and counties The GIS Hub can help act as a data resource (backup, data delivery) Recent discussion Parcels Please contact me if you are interested. In particular, imagery and elevation. The state might also be to assist financially.

29 GIS “Vendor Pool” Reminder
GIS categories: Programmer/Analyst Technical & Data Services Specialist State AND city/county government can use this! Work order for services

30 Communications Web site Listserv Twitter Blog Capital Area Users Group
News and references Listserv Training, RFPs, data upgrades, news Twitter Listserv + more frequent, more items Blog Behind the scenes, how-to, background info Capital Area Users Group New, first meeting in May ND GIS Users Conference (Fall 2015) first meeting held in May, organized by Aaron Norby of KLJ

31 Communications

32 Contact List
In the future, another notice will be coming out, asking folks to check their contact info.

33 ArcGIS Online Cloud-based solution (do you want your data there?)
Low-cost way to get maps out and share information Mobile ready Check out Esri’s “Collector for ArcGIS” Using it now = well-positioned for the future GISTC published guidelines (

34 ArcGIS for Local Government
Local Government Information Model Standardized format to support maps and applications Saves on having to build from scratch Maps and applications to get started Land records, elections, public safety, etc. Web and mobile apps government/

35 Open Data NSGIC Christopher Dunn
Open data is becoming a bigger issue, want to make you aware of some recent things You probably saw the bit from NSGIC, that recently went out on the listserv At a recent MAGIC meeting in Bismarck, Chris talked to us about his take on the Orange County issue

36 Upcoming Events MidAmerica GIS Consortium– April 27-May 1, ( ND GIS Users Conference – Fall 2015 I’d like to close with a heads-up on some upcoming events

37 Thank You! For information/questions, contact:
Bob Nutsch, GIS Coordinator Twitter: @BobNutsch #ndgis

38 North Dakota 9-1-1 Association’s GIS Committee
Jason Horning

39 GIS Committee Mission and Goals
Mission: To promote the development and maintenance of GIS data for Next Generation (NG9-1-1) Goals To identify the NG9-1-1 GIS needs of the public safety community. To identify how NG9-1-1 GIS needs will be met and sustained in cooperation with state, local and tribal agencies. To foster the aggregation and distribution of NG9-1-1 GIS data for public safety purposes. To promote and encourage nationally recognized GIS data standards for the exchange of NG9-1-1 GIS data.

40 Questions? Jason Horning NDACo Bob Nutsch

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