COLUMBUS, OHIO, USA – Digital Data Technologies, Inc., (DDTI) has delivered Mercer County’s completed Location Based Response System (LBRS) dataset. The county’s GIS officials now intend on maintaining the newly created, field verified map of 1,246 miles of road centerline and 19,755 addresses.
DDTI’s new AccuGlobe Data Maintenance solution will keep their newly created GIS data up to date. Other methods of maintaining and disseminating the data across government agencies and departments can introduce versioning and data synchronisation errors, and most often, duplication of efforts.
DDTI’s solution is claimed to offer a simple solution that makes address changes and modifications instantly available to addressing authorities across government entities. Other agencies, including 9-1-1, can schedule nightly tasks to automatically communicate with the central server that houses the current data so every agency has the same information.
The County’s emergency dispatchers will rely on the LBRS dataset and these routine data updates as the foundation for AccuGlobe E9-1-1 Dispatch, DDTI’s software designed to locate wireline and wireless calls to 9-1-1.
“Many of our LBRS projects originate from the 9-1-1 groups, because they have a mission-critical need for accurate data. This field-verified LBRS data we’ve delivered to Mercer County benefits numerous departments, including GIS, 9-1-1 and more,” said DDTI Sales Manager Bruce D’Autremont. “Once we hand over an accurate dataset, we are constantly amazed to hear how, countywide, their entities readily employ the data and make it work for them.”
The LBRS, administered by the Ohio Geographically Referenced Information Programme (OGRIP), establishes partnerships between State and County government for the creation of spatially accurate street centerlines and field verified site-specific address locations.
In order to create such an accurate base map, DDTI sent two-person teams in vans to drive every road in Mercer County, capturing every addressable structure. Along the way, the field teams collected additional information, such as one-way restrictions, traffic control devices, railroad crossings, speed limits, school zones, and visible bridge and culvert locations, all features which can enhance emergency response vehicle routing.
“We field verify our data collection process because inevitably, we find at least one, and usually many, addresses that are out of place,” said DDTI Project Coordinator David Cordray. “When an even numbered address is on the odd numbered side of the road, or when an address number is out of order and located down the block or in some cases a mile or more away, it’s a problem for emergency responders and for the residents expecting someone to help them in distress.”
“With this dataset as our foundation for 9-1-1 response needs coupled with DDTI’s Data Maintenance solution, we’ll be able to maintain and grow our GIS as our community grows,” said Mercer County 9-1-1 Coordinator Monte Diegel. “It’s a tremendous service for our residents.”
OGRIP reviews the submitted datasets to ensure each meets its minimum requirements. So far, 45 counties have been accepted, with several others at or nearing the end of the process. OGRIP’s goal is to have available a statewide GIS.