Part 3 – 2019 Year in Review
Over 25 Project Wins, Multiple Onboarded NG9-1-1 Customers, New Experts, Major Public Safety GIS Product Enhancements and 57 Conferences Attended – 2019 Year in Review
In part one, we looked at how some of our new customers leveraged DATAMARK public safety GIS products and services in current and next-gen 9-1-1 systems, and in part two we highlighted our new expert staff members and our DATAMARK VEP product enhancements.
DATAMARK experts attended nearly 60 events, ranging from national to regional conferences and tradeshows. Wrapping up our 2019 year in review series, here are our key highlights from the four major conferences we attended this year.
- NENA 2019 in June was a great opportunity to connect with our public safety and emergency communications professionals and engage in discussions about the transition to NG9-1-1 and public safety GIS. Jeff Ledbetter, GISP, ENP and Keri Brennan, GISP covered addressing basics, how addressing in NG9-1-1 is different from E9-1-1, current and future addressing standards, data-maintenance best practices, and quality control methodologies in a pre-conference workshop. The expert team also conducted product demonstrations and private educational sessions on overcoming GIS data challenges, supporting the needs of NG9-1-1 and finding and securing funds for NG9-1-1 GIS.
- Themed “GIS—The Intelligent Nervous System,” the 2019 ESRI User conference in July displayed a heightened level of interest in public safety GIS. DATAMARK leveraged every opportunity to interact with show attendees and answer questions around the transition to NG9-1-1 and public safety GIS. The team presented workshops, booth demonstrations (in creative and fun attire!) and participated in a variety of show activities, such as the Map Gallery Reception Night, a URISA-sponsored Workshop and Family Night at UC Expo.
- APCO 2019 took place in August and allowed DATAMARK executives to engage in valuable dialogue with partners to uncover their needs and expectations for public safety GIS in a NG9-1-1 environment. Our experts presented on a variety of GIS and NG9-1-1 implementation scenarios in our booth. As Drew Fioranelli, GISP said best, “Next Generation 9-1-1 is something to stop running away from and start running to.”
- DATAMARK used GIS-Pro 2019 in October as a platform to inform students and educators about topics related to NG9-1-1 and public safety GIS. Experts presented two sessions, conducted product demos and engaged in mindful discussions with attendees. DATAMARK’s National Director, Steve Bein, PE, GISP, presented the company’s second annual contribution of $500 to the Dr. Marilyn O’Hara Ruiz Young Scholarship. Keri Brennan, GISP, DATAMARK Product Director delivered a short speech and was sworn in as the President of URISA. Keri’s background and expertise made an astounding impact on the student community in attendance.
In addition to the 57 events DATAMARK attended in 2019, the expert team conducted 26 workshops in nine states around the country. These workshops provide educational resources on NG9-1-1 GIS readiness and were attended by a total of 400 state and local 9-1-1 program managers, GIS managers and local addressing authority decision-makers who assign addresses, maintain GIS data for 9-1-1 and maintain MSAG or ALI for PSAPs.
Looking to 2020, DATAMARK maintains its mission to be a true partner in education, services and solutions for the GIS and NG9-1-1 communities. Our DATAMARK team is here to guide you through every step in the process such as assessing GIS data accuracy and readiness, securing funding for projects and implementing a comprehensive NG9-1-1 implementation plan.