WASHINGTON, D.C. (WFXR) – The U.S. Department of Commerce along with the U.S. Department of Transportation announced more than $109 million in grants to 34 states and two tribal nations as part of the 911 Grant Program in order to aid in upgrading 911 call centers to Next Generation 911 capabilities. Of that $109 million, Virginia will receive a total of $3,066,853.
The goal of the Next Generation 911 upgrades will be to provide digital and IP network capabilities to 911 emergency call centers and will assist the implementation of advanced mapping systems to make it easier to identify a 911 caller’s location. The upgrade will also help call centers manage call overload. The 911 Grant Program also provides funding for training costs directly related to Next Generation 911 implementation.
An infographic video outlining the Next Generation 911 system and how it will work with First Net to upgrade emergency services can be viewed here.