(Atlantic) Replacing the old 9-1-1 System was the main topic discussed at the Cass County E-9-1-1 Service meeting Monday night. Rob Koppert 9-1-1 Service Director says the old system is obsolete and not capable of handling the internet calls that will be coming in the future. Koppert they will be switching over to a “next generation system.”
“So everybody is going to be talking the same language,” stated Koppert. “We are going to be able to do a lot of things including; passing data back and forth and receiving data from wherever or whom ever and cell phones we will be able to send data via text messages.”
Koppert says the new system will allow them to receive pictures and videos via 9-1-1 and eventually telematics from cars as well.
“Which means if a vehicle crashes it will automatically dial 9-1-1 and send us information based upon speed and location,” said Koppert. “It is like a black box in your car that tells what kind of and the extent of injuries It could save lives.”
Koppert says the system will have these capabilities because they are switching from hardware based system to a software system and the cost to upgrade the 9-1-1 system will cost roughly $350-to-$400,000.
“We want to be very cost effective, but we want to make sure our mission of 100-percent service to our citizens and visitors of Cass County is maintained,” Koppert said.
The project will be funded by surcharge dollars, a possible grant, 9-1-1 funds that are already on hand, and a bank loan. The plan is too have the new system in place by the spring of 2015, or at the same time the Communication Center Relocates.
January 21, 2014