Southern Illinois’ groundbreaking 911 pilot

Deltek Analyst Joanna Salini reports.

Southern Illinois is taking steps to increase the efficiency of emergency response in rural America. Several counties have been chosen to participate in a nationwide pilot program to test new initiatives and advancements for how dispatchers respond to 911 calls, text and picture messages, and streaming video.

The counties of Southern Illinois’ (CSI) 911 Association project will be a pilot program for how to develop and test a next generation 911 (NG911) system as a basis for a 911 network in rural America. The project is being funded through the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) along with a $600,000 federal grant. The project started out as a grassroots effort and has since expanded to include the 15-county consortium of CSI 911.

Southern Illinois seems to be booming with technology projects. The region was also the recipient of a $45 million fiber optic network project through Clearwave Communications. This project involved the creation of a high-speed broadband network across a 23-county region to improve broadband access.

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