NG911 is a nationwide, standards-based, emergency communications infrastructure enabling voice and multimedia communications between a 9-1-1 caller and a 911 center, and emergency responders in the field.
Anyone in need of emergency assistance will be able to transmit photos, videos and other existing and future forms of broadband data and applications, in addition to voice, to 911 professionals.
This could include streaming video from an emergency incident, photos of accident damage or a fleeing suspect, or medical information, all of which would greatly aid 911 professionals in assisting in emergencies.
NG911 will improve the public’s access to emergency response services by allowing 911 centers to exchange additional data and information with emergency responders, improve call processing times, enhance situational awareness, and increase responder safety.
Kansas began implementation in 2017
The requirements for 911 data start at the national level. From this level, national organizations, such as National Emergency Number Association (NENA), adopted the standards for every 911 system. The standards are applied to every aspect of data available to a dispatch center.
So, what’s the big deal about having a standard? When responding to emergency situations, those in public safety know that seconds literally mean the difference between life and death. When lives are on the line, the ability to share information between 911 callers, 911 telecommunicators, and emergency responders quickly and efficiently requires a predefined set of rules to ensure interoperability.
One primary role of standards is to have those information-sharing rules known and agreed upon, so that during an emergency everything just works.
Yes! Kansas adopted the NG911 national standards as developed and designed by 911.gov and NENA (National Emergency Number Association).
In the Kansas NG911 GIS Data Model there are specific address requirements. they are:
- Address points are continually updated.
- Each address point represents a unique address and is a combination of specific fields.
- Attributes are accurate, complete, and standardized.
- NENA standards shall be met or exceeded.
The four digit county road 911 address assignments are based on the numerical county road numbers. All roads that run north and south are odd numbered, roads that run east and west are even numbered. This numbering system begins in the south west corner of the county with CR 1200 and CR 1100. The north east corner of the county has CR 6600 and CR 5900. The county roads are based on a grid system, so any roads between this grid are numbered based on their location. A road halfway between CR 4600 and CR4800 (running east and west) would be CR 4650.
With the address of 4650 CR 4300, the first two digits of the house address (46) indicate the crossroad the address was measured from, which would be CR 4600. The numbering considers the nearest county road to the south (moving north). The second two numbers of the house number (50) refer to the distance the house is from that cross road. In this case, 4650 is halfway between CR 4600 and CR 4800 and located on CR 4300.