BY AJA WHITAKER
More than 56 million people a year use a cell phone
to call 911, and callers in
The software is geared toward public safety and adheres
to U.S. Postal Service Addressing Standards.
“This was customized to our particular needs, and there are a lot of data quality controls built into the software which eliminate some errors people make during data entry such as misspelling street types and names,” said Ira Pyles, operations manager of the unit. “In the 911 realm it makes a big difference.”
International Computer Works, Inc. designed GeoPointsSQL in conjunction with MapInfo Professional software and Microsoft’s SQL Server to allow map technicians to create a file of points and assign unique addresses to ensure no location will be duplicated.
“They wanted the ability to build a discreet address database,” said ICW CEO Ken Tozier. “We looked at the problem, and we thought it would be a great way to improve the technology and productivity by building the database and minimizing the potential for data entry error.”
The county also will use this service to handle the
second phase of the Federal Communications Commission’s wireless carrier
requirements. By a
“When that X,Y coordinate
comes in, their software will be able to find the closest point and
provide that information to the call taker or dispatcher who will be
able to communicate that to the officers,” Tozier said.
“Ultimately this technology will be rolled out across
Phase I requirements called for automatic number identification that included the physical address for a cell site from which a particular call is operating.
“There are a lot of opportunities and a lot of companies looking to get in on this,” said James Baldinger, a Carlton Fields PA shareholder who represents high-tech companies and telecommunications providers. “There is a lot of money in play.”
The GeoPointsSQL application and MapInfo products also are helping the Streets and Addressing Unit move away from using approximately 800 paper maps to pinpoint addresses for the county’s more that 1,000 square miles.
“Our accuracy for assigning addresses is improving greatly,” said Kevin Howe, senior manager of the unit. “When we loaded the information we started finding addresses out of sequence never uncovered by customers or the post office.”
The sheriff’s department eventually will use the database
for a new Computer Aided Dispatch System.
The City of
Cost for the system can range from $15,000 to $75,000 based on the number of users.
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