911 is a Joke -Part 2

Dutchess County, New York E911 Response

Here’s a summary of the technology involved in the 911 call routing on the PSTN (public switched telephone network): 1) Call is placed to 911 2) Service provider identified 911 call and routes call to “Selective Router” 3) Selective router identifies the local PSAP (public safety answering point/911 center) to route the call to. This call routing information is based on the geographical location mapped to the ANI of the calling party by the provider. 4) 911 caller’s address is identified by the MSAG (Master Street Address Guide) which is stored in the PS-ALI database of the PSAP. 5) 911 operator coordinates first responders (ambulance/fire/police) to the location of the emergency caller. There is a lot of complicated technology that gets involved in the handling of an E911 call, but the system falls down if emergency responders cannot find the location. The local newspaper (www.pojonews.com ) posted an article today that is related to this blog series. "Councilman Vincent Bettina said the town code calls for the completion of a road to highway specifications within two years of the beginning of construction." –Poughkeepsie Journal The electrical permit for my personal house was pulled in 2005 according to Carol O’Donnell when questioned about a component of the electrical system when my wife and I purchased our home here in 2006. Our house was not the first built, but I’m certain that we still do not have a road that the town services and 2010 is 5 years based on the permit that I know about. It is possible that construction began many years before said permit was filed in 2005. No time frame for completion of the road has been given, but Dutchess County has indicated that they are holding the builders responsible for the completion of the road one way, or another: “Sean and John O'Donnell — have put up a $175,000 letter of credit for the roads.” –Poughkeepsie Journal "If the work is not done, we can pull the letter of credit and do the work ourselves," Bettina said, "but I don't think that will be necessary." –Poughkeepsie Journal “Another problem, he said, is that people may not be aware the county requires house numbers on a rigid post along a walk or driveway if a house is more than 50 feet from the road or if the entrance is not visible from the road.” –Poughkeepsie Journal I believe all of the homes in Meadowoods are further than 50 feet from the road (based on my measurement from my front door and a distant visual inspection). When moving in, there were a lot of number signs in front of each lot or property for sale. The numbers were lot numbers in the development, not the town house numbers. These numbers were removed as the construction of the development continued. Councilman Beale said that the board “might” “entertain” a law to make this town code. Hopefully “might entertain” turns into action as soon as possible so this cannot happen again. Service providers like Verizon, AT&T, Optimum, Vonage, etc. are federally required to properly route a 911 call so why shouldn’t a local builder be legally required to post the number of a newly constructed home within 50 feet of the street? “Beale said the board might entertain a law to incorporate those county parameters in the town code.” -Poughkeepsie Journal The E911 requirements of an enterprise are much more complicated than this. We will take this conversation into Enterprise and public building E911 requirements in the next blog. REFERENCE: Poughkeepsie Journal: Wappinger wants Meadowood house numbers posted to aid EMS http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=20106030315

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