Suite data assessment workflow analysis tools assist GIS stakeholders of any size “shake out” their data and quantify level of support needed

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Analysis, Planning
& Consulting

The DataExchange (DX) and DataMark Editor (DME) are designed to solve GIS roadblocks in Public Safety Communications.

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DataMark DX & DME

We provide comprehensive services to emergency communication districts, counties, cities, state, and federal agencies, and industrial and utility clients.

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Technical Services


DataMark™ GIS for NG9-1-1

The evolution of telecommunications technology, changes in public expectations and an increasingly less reliable analog circuit-switched telephone system are driving fundamental changes to our country's 911 systems. The Next Generation 911 (NG9-1-1) architecture represents an overhaul and redesign of the nation's legacy 911 systems. It will allow any telecommunications device that can connect to the internet to reach a public safety answering point (PSAP) for emergency services. The business of emergency response ultimately comes down to saving lives. With the transition to a NG9-1-1 architecture, quality GIS data becomes mission critical to call routing, dispatch and response.

Michael Baker International's GIS and public safety project history coupled with the knowledge of what NG9-1-1 systems will require has produced a new brand of products and services we call DataMark GIS for NG9-1-1. The vision that motivated the engineering of DataMark products, was driven by several issues associated with the current public safety GIS marketplace. First, that there is an unnecessary public safety premium put on GIS products and services associated with PSAP operations. With proper planning existing GIS resource at the local level can be leveraged. Second, that the level of GIS integration into local government business processes varies, thus there is not one product configuration to meet all needs. We have taken a GIS perspective that considers the needed data analysis, data creation and clean up, and maintenance work flows that must occur before GIS data is provisioned to a NG9-1-1 system. Lastly, products that support public safety communications need to have several types of user experiences. These user types aligned with level of GIS technical knowledge so that someone with no experience to the needs of a seasoned GIS specialist are met in the same application.

Whether you are a state-level administrator looking to aggregate locally sourced GIS data to support a NG9-1-1 architecture, or a PSAP needing to evaluate current readiness for NG9-1-1, or a GIS Manager seeking to quantify data quality requirements… DataMark GIS for NG9-1-1 provides all of these steps and solutions.


The DataMark GIS product suite is scalable and configurable for any size organization

Data Creation

Emergency Service Zone (ESZ) creation from MSAG; Routable centerline network

Quality Control

MSAG/ALI synchronization and comparison tool; ACE (Address Comparison & Evaluation) tool

Data Edit

Update/Create Address Points; Custom address locator


Field Verification of existing spatial data; Address Point to Parcel Address Comparison

Emergency Communications

GIS data creation and ongoing maintenance; MSAG maintenance

Are you ready for NG9-1-1 ?

The DX and the DME have been engineered to resolve the demand that the NG9-1-1 transition will put on local GIS departments: developing and maintaining GIS data that's elevated to the accuracy level to support emergency communication systems and includes their bordering call center's data.
Data Analysis, Planning & Consulting

Analysis: Suite of workflows and tools that assist the GIS stakeholder in quantifying the level of effort that will be needed to elevate their GIS to the higher standard of data quality and precision that is required for NG9-1-1

Available analysis includes:

  • Mapping of existing source datasets with current NENA data model standards and identification of missing attributes/data sets
  • MSAG/ALI to GIS synchronization and detailed error reporting
  • GIS data QC report card validation detailed report
  • ACE (Address Comparison and Evaluation) Workflow to compare your source data with other trusted GIS sources

Consultation: our experienced DataMark team will walk GIS stakeholders through the results of the assessments and lay out a data creation and maintenance plan configured to work with their existing GIS enterprise


DataMark DX

The DataMark DX is a robust translator and repository of geospatial data that enforces that all data meet the stringent quality control functions needed for NG9-1-1 systems based upon the most current National Emergency Number Association (NENA) standards.

There are 2 license levels available that are based on functionality (DX-QA and DX-SIF). The DX-QA can be used by a single jurisdiction who is actively engaged in the data clean up to support NG9-1-1 and includes the functionality of step 1-4 in the diagram below. The DX-SIF adds in step 5 with functionality for a multi-jurisdictional footprint of data that is required to support the i3 core functions (ECRF/LVF). This allows the licensee to pay for only what they need.

DataMark Editor (DME)

DME enables a GIS authority to provide a secure web-based interface for addressing authorities to create new address data while simultaneously enabling a PSAP to update their GIS location data. The product also offers an easy-to-use multi-user unified editing platform for working on GIS data that shares a boundary with a neighboring PSAP – with the added control of reviewing all edits from any user before he or she automatically updates the enterprise database. Additionally, the DME has an interactive communication system that enables anyone with access to the application to submit observations about errors or issues in any of the source GIS data.

Technical Services

Michael Baker International’s Geographic Information Technology (GIT) group has seventy five years of proven experience. We provide comprehensive services to emergency communication districts, counties, cities, state, and federal agencies, and industrial and utility clients, applying innovative solutions to enable our clients to maximize the value of their GIS and better serve their customers. Our commitment to quality and customer focus, combined with our attention to the details specific to your needs, sets us apart from the remainder of the industry.

The same workflows and tools used to identify the data quality issues in our applications are used by our technical team to identify and correct the errors if our technical services are required. The DataMark team uses the DME application with our clients to interactively communicate needed information about any updates that might require authoritative input.

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