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North Dakota receives grant to modernize 911 system

BISMARCK — North Dakota's 911 system will receive more $1.4 million in federal money to upgrade call centers to Next Generation 911, the North Dakota Association of Counties said Monday, Sept. 30, in a news release.

The state's 22 emergency call centers have been in the process of transitioning to NG911 over the past five years. This grant, the NDAoC said, will help fund the next phase of enhancements to upgrade equipment and operations so that citizens, first responders and 911 operators can use digital IP-based, broadband-enabled technologies to coordinate emergency response.

Plans for phasing in NG911 include implementation of advanced GIS mapping systems that will make it easier to identify a 911 caller’s location. It will also create IP connections to our state’s telecommunications service providers. Thirdly, the funding will assist in dispatcher training.

The U.S. Department of Commerce and Department of Transportation awarded the 911 grants. The program awarded a total of $109 million to 34 states and two tribal nations. The state has three years to use the grant funds.

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