Stone County, Arkansas, Moves to NG9-1-1 With Advanced Mapping and Text-To-911

Posted by Nancy MacDonald | VP Business Development on March 03, 2020

The recent deployment of next-generation call handling enables call takers to locate wireless callers faster and deal with emergencies when voice calls are not an option. Nancy MacDonald looks at how the new capabilities will improve emergency response efforts.

E arlier this month, the public safety answering point (PSAP) in the Mountain View Sheriff’s Department of Stone County, Arkansas, completed the move to a new emergency call handling solution. The new system will significantly improve the PSAP’s ability to respond to emergency calls from anywhere in the county.
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How the Move to NG9-1-1 Paid Off for Two PSAPs

Posted by Tony Parrott | VP of Sales on January 29, 2020

Tony Parrott shares real-world stories from two very ambitious PSAPs who decided to become NG9-1-1 frontrunners.

We recently spoke with the leadership at two PSAPs who upgraded to our Solacom Guardian solutions a few years ago to learn what their move to NG9-1-1 has meant to their operations.

As they described the benefits of the solutions’ speed, flexibility, and interoperability, the 9-1-1 center directors in Athens/Limestone County and Dane County shared a number of real-world examples. We’d like to share some of those examples with you.

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Cayman Islands Ready for NG9-1-1 Future

Posted by Tony Parrott | VP of Sales on December 16, 2019

The British Territory in the Caribbean adopts an integrated, geo-redundant emergency call management system. Tony Parrott explains how the new system addresses current needs and provides a foundation for future services.

Earlier this year, the Department of Public Safety Communications in the Cayman Islands moved to a Solacom Guardian 9-1-1 Solution to manage all the emergency calls it receives each year. The new NG9-1-1 solution brings advanced, IP-based emergency call handling capabilities to the three islands that make up the British Territory. It’s a full-featured system that, when fully deployed, will enable call takers to process calls faster, receive text-to-911 messages, and locate wireless callers with pinpoint-accurate mapping capabilities. And it’s all part of the Department’s plans to prepare for an NG9-1-1 multimedia future.
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Manitoba Takes Next Step to NG9-1-1

Posted by Nancy MacDonald | VP Business Development on December 06, 2019

The transition to Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) in Manitoba is one step closer to reality with the successful completion of an IP-based 9-1-1 test call. Nancy MacDonald explains what this means for emergency call management in the province.

An important milestone on the road to Next Generation 9-1-1 for the province of Manitoba was reached last week. On November 27, Manitoba Provincial 911, the public safety answering point (PSAP) in Brandon, conducted the first emergency test call in Manitoba on a Bell Canada NG9-1-1 Emergency Services IP Network (ESInet). As part of the test, the Solacom Guardian 9-1-1 Call Handling solution processed the call successfully, displayed caller location on a call taker’s display screen, and transferred the call to a third party using the public telephone network.

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Why Australia Is a Model for Next-Gen Call Handling

Posted by Nancy MacDonald | VP Business Development on November 20, 2019

Nancy MacDonald looks at Australia’s nationwide upgrade to Solacom Guardian emergency call handling and what it means for Australians in distress.

A couple of weeks ago, Australian telecom provider, Telstra, opened a new contact center for emergency call handling and management in Adelaide. It was an important moment for Australians and for all of us at Solacom. Starting in 2020, Telstra will roll out next-generation emergency calling services for the entire population of Australia. And our Solacom Guardian call handling solutions are at the heart of the nationwide upgrade.

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Text-To-911 Takes Off in Kentucky

Posted by Suzanne Larsen | Chief Operating Officer on July 24, 2019

Six PSAPs in Kentucky just went live with text-to-911 services and more PSAPs will follow. Suzanne Larsen looks at why it’s so easy for Kentucky PSAPs to make the move.

When officials in Lexington, Kentucky, announced in mid-June that public safety answering points (PSAPs) in four counties — Fayette, Jessamine, Garrard, and Lincoln — could now exchange text messages with 9-1-1 callers, Lexington Mayor, Linda Gorton, called the move “a huge step forward in public safety.” Since that time, Marion County and Edmonson County also now support text-to-911 calls, and additional counties are expected to follow. All of these moves are possible thanks to some cooperative decision-making that started a decade ago.

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Three Ways NG9-1-1 Call Handling Is Helping the Gwinnett County E911 Center Increase Efficiency

Posted by Tony Parrott | VP of Sales on July 09, 2019

When Gwinnett County, Georgia, upgraded to Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) call handling, E911 Center operations immediately improved. Tony Parrott explores the new efficiencies.

Until recently, the team at the Gwinnett County Police Department’s E911 Center in Georgia was using an end-of-life legacy system to manage the one million 9-1-1 calls the Center receives each year. Today, the team is processing calls faster and more efficiently with our Guardian 9-1-1 Call Handling solution. Shortly after the upgrade was complete, we talked to the Gwinnett County team to learn more about the improvements they’ve been able to make.

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Meeting the Need for Speed in Phoenix and Maricopa County

Posted by Tony Parrott | VP of Sales on July 03, 2019

Tony Parrott explains how Solacom helped Maricopa Region 911 bring lightning-fast NG9-1-1 call routing and delivery to more than four million people in Arizona.

As home to more than half the population of Arizona, including the city of Phoenix, Maricopa County is the fourth-most populous county in the country. That means the team at Maricopa Region 911 has one of the most challenging mandates in the country. It also means everyone involved in upgrading the Maricopa Region 911 network routers knew that a network interruption or failure during the transition could have catastrophic results.

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How Cybersecurity Services Reduce Worries and Risks in an NG9-1-1 World

Posted by Gilles Ferland | VP of Product Management on June 19, 2019

Gilles Ferland explains how the right combination of expert cybersecurity services helps PSAPs prevent, detect, and quickly recover from cyberattacks.

While all public safety answering points (PSAPs) are experts in public safety, most are not experts in cybersecurity. They simply don’t have the IT staff or the budgets needed to keep pace with rapidly evolving cyberthreats. To ensure adequate protection as they move to Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) systems, PSAPs will need help from cybersecurity experts who specialize in public safety infrastructure. Here’s why.

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Keeping Up With Texting Technologies

Posted by Daniel Biagé | VP of R&D on April 19, 2019

Just when you’ve got it all figured out, it’s time to start thinking about the next evolutions in texting technologies. Daniel Biagé looks into the not-too-distant future of texting.

Texting is like every other technology — it’s continuously evolving and becoming more sophisticated. That means supporting text-to-911 is only the beginning for public safety answering points (PSAPs). Just as people expect PSAPs to support text-to-911 today, they’ll expect them to support more advanced texting capabilities as they become available. And, before we know it, supporting texting capabilities beyond text-to-911 will become mandatory.

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