Wisconsin Geospatial News

Office of Emergency Communications releases NextGen9-1-1 resources

The Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) at the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs has released a GIS Gap Analysis Report and a geodatabase template for the state’s NextGen9-1-1 effort. NextGen9-1-1 is also known as NG9-1-1.

According to Jessica Jimenez, OEC’s NG9-1-1 Program Manager, the GIS Gap Analysis Report summarizes a GIS data assessment performed by external consultant GeoComm and includes their recommended next steps for Wisconsin to begin the transition to GIS-based call routing when the statewide Emergency Services IP-based Network (ESInet) is available. The report discusses data standards, data models and quality control for Wisconsin NG9-1-1 GIS data. It also details quality control results for Wisconsin county data needed for NG9-1-1 implementation. Finally, the report includes recommendations as well as estimates of one-time and annual costs to achieve various NG9-1-1 solutions.

The report is available on the OEC website here.

Also released by OEC is a geodatabase template aligned with the recent Wisconsin NG9-1-1 GIS Data Model and Best Practices document approved by the 9-1-1 Subcommittee in November 2020. Through an extended contract with GeoComm using federal 9-1-1 funding, OEC was able to develop this template for local GIS authorities to use in preparing for NextGen9-1-1 implementation in the next few years.

The template is available here.