Welcome to the 2019 TUgis Conference. TUgis: Maryland’s Geospatial Conference is a cooperative undertaking of three primary partners—Maryland State Geographic Information Committee, Maryland Department of Information Technology, and Towson University. TUgis is dedicated to growing and empowering the GIS community throughout the Mid-Atlantic. The annual conference connects the Maryland GIS community to new ideas and trends and offers ample opportunities to find ways to collaborate.
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Thursday, August 8 • 1:45pm - 2:15pm
NG9-1-1 in Maryland: Tips and Lessons Learned for Local Government

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In a fully operational Next Generation 9-1-1 system, GIS is the core component in determining how a 9-1-1 call is routed to the correct public safety answering point (PSAP). In order to route calls correctly, NG9-1-1 includes multiple standards around minimum data quality requirements for GIS data being provisioned into the Emergency Services IP Network (ESInet). For the purposes of current generations of 9-1-1 systems a 98 percent accuracy rate is far better than good, but for the NG911, 98 percent isn’t quite good enough. Public safety systems that do not synchronize their data beyond 98 percent accuracy will face boundary gaps and other issues that have potential to negatively affect call routing — perhaps even misdirecting a call. Additionally, the 98 percent figure does not address requirements for the other PSAP systems used. Therefore, exceeding the 98 percent accuracy levels that are adequate today will allow public safety organizations to support all PSAP systems moving forward. But, how do you determine if your GIS address data – centerlines and address points – is ready to support the critical path of emergency response?

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Stanley Max

Lecturer Mathematics, Towson University


Annie Cahill

Public Safety GIS Tech Manager, DATAMARK - Michael Baker International
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Drew Fioranelli, GISP

Business Development Manager, Michael Baker International - DATAMARK
Drew Fioranelli has been involved with GIS and supporting local government geospatial efforts for over 15 years. Prior to joining DATAMARK, Mr. Fioranelli served as the GIS Director for Fauquier County, VA. During his time in Fauquier County, Mr. Fioranelli helped lead the development... Read More →
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Ashley Buzzeo

Public Safety GIS Expert, DATAMARK - Michael Baker International
Mrs. Buzzeo has over 15 years of experience in the GIS industry, providing analytical, technical, and research services for all levels of government. She is seasoned in utilizing geospatial products to achieve cost efficient, effective, and relevant outcomes, and has extensive experience... Read More →

Thursday August 8, 2019 1:45pm - 2:15pm EDT
LA 4329 Liberal Arts Building - 251 University Ave. Towson, MD 21204