FOREST HILL, MD, June 14, 2016 – The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) announced today that it has joined the NG911 NOW Coalition as a strategic partner.
NSGIC is actively engaged in Next Generation 911 (NG911) issues, said NSGIC President Chris Diller in his response to NG911 NOW Coalition’s invitation to partner. Diller cited NSGIC’s own NG911 committee, resources found on its website, various position papers, and formal presentations at its annual conference. With such a significant focus on NG911 issues, “joining the NG911 NOW Coalition is the right thing to do,” stated Diller on behalf of the NSGIC Board of Directors.
NSGIC members serve the entire geospatial community in their respective states. They coordinate data development projects to ensure that the data will meet the majority of needs for local, state, tribal and Federal agencies. The NG911 community has the highest level business requirements which are related to their life-saving activities. Creating data for this purpose and then sharing the data with all government agencies is efficient and effective government in action.
In early March, NSGIC formally announced its support of the NG911 NOW Coalition’s position to “accelerate the implementation of NG911 services by the end of 2020.” In a statement released at that time, NSGIC noted, “This move to a nationwide interconnected NG911 system will require the integration of robust GIS datasets produced at the state and local levels and will require the creation of data governance policies and procedures to ensure data available to the NG911 system is both current and active.”
Today, NSGIC joins the Internet2 Technology Center, the 911 Education Foundation, the NG911 Institute, and the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association in the NG911 NOW Coalition partners program. The Coalition was established by the National Association of State 911 Administrators, the National Emergency Number Association and the Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies.
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