February 20, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
"The current 9-1-1 system, while working well today, is approaching the end of its useful life," says the executive summary, citing "convoluted systems" that "deliver 9-1-1 calls and location data for landline voice, landline teletype/telecommunications device for the deaf (TTY/TDD), wireless/cellular voice, and VoIP 9-1-1 to the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP)." In addition new technologies require substantial system modification.
The master plan, continues the executive summary, will help communicate the vision of the next-generation 911 system and "charts the course of CSEC initiatives and activities on this extensive, multi-year effort to ensure successful transition."
The transition begins with buildout of IP networks to and between PSAPs, followed by the implementation of the applications that provide next generation functionality. The roles and responsibilities of 9-1-1 stakeholders from PSAPs to state government will likely evolve as NG9-1-1 matures. The new system will require considerable investment, planning and cooperation, continues the document. "The opportunity lies in the ability to enhance a vital public safety service and increase efficiency. The challenge will be to marshal the resources required to effect the change."
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.