Project 43 Recommendations: Operations

Operational Standards

Standards are critical to effective operations, and to ensure interoperability, cost effectiveness, and innovation. For operations, new ANSI standards should be developed to address data triaging; real time evidence management, retention, and control; and interoperable interactions with other agencies. With the advent of a major transformation within 9-1-1 and emergency communications, this will be a large but valuable undertaking.13

Best Practices

The nature of broadband technology to lead to uniform deployments and applications across the country, while allowing room for local customization and control, provides opportunity for model best practices development. APCO will develop an online repository for PSAPs to post and share next generation best practices.

Resources and Funding

PSAP managers and directors should work to build their cases for new or modified personnel positions and the funding needed to upgrade and maintain needed services and equipment. They should also engage in a broad dialogue with IT departments and other existing or developing intelligence analysis centers to frame out respective operations and division of responsibilities. APCO will advocate at the federal level for a sufficient, effective, and efficient grant program for the initial capital needed to modernize 9-1-1 networks and equipment across the country.

Public Messaging and Education

The impacts on operations, from today’s legacy systems through the transition and eventual completion of NG9-1-1, can be mitigated by a better informed public. For example, public education campaigns for nascent text-to-911 services have been successful in reinforcing the concept to “call if you can, text if you can’t.” As the expectations of the public become increasingly disconnected from the actual capabilities of PSAPs, 9-1-1 authorities and PSAPs should convey what services they currently offer.

Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement (QA/QI)

One of the larger impacts broadband capabilities will have is on QA/QI. Not only will calls continue to require review in a systematic and objective manner, but new data types, requirements, capabilities, and stresses will all have to be taken into consideration.

The following are recommended updates to the QA/QI program:


13 On the technical side, NG9-1-1 standards are needed to ensure seamless interoperability, connectivity, and data sharing, especially among and between CPE, CAD, RMS, and radio and broadband communications consoles. However, until standards are both developed and implemented in a manner that PSAPs can rely upon as being “build to” or “end state” in nature, PSAPs need to make important inquiries of their vendors. See the Technology section for a more detailed discussion of this issue.