Richard W. (Rick) Hird, a partner with Petefish, Immel, Heeb & Hird, LLP, announced that the firm successfully represented NG-911, Inc., of Williamsburg, Iowa, through the RFP process and contract negotiations to become the lead contractor for the first Next Generation 9-1-1 pilot project in Kansas. The Governor’s Grants Office awarded the contract to NG-911, Inc. on March 15, 2012.
Next Generation 9-1-1 is aimed at improving public emergency communication services by updating the 9-1-1 service infrastructure to match the now digital, wireless mobile phone society. Next Generation 9-1-1 will enable the public to transmit text messages, images, video, and data to the 9-1-1 center in addition to dialing 9-1-1 from a phone.
The pilot project calls for the deployment of an IP-based emergency communications system between 9-1-1 data centers in Topeka and Wichita and three public safety answering points located in Olathe, Emporia and Ashland. The equipment has been installed and the project is ahead of schedule and expected to be fully completed by September 30, 2012.
NG-911, Inc. was also selected as the vendor for a Next Generation 9-1-1 project being built by the Counties of Southern Illinois, a consortium of 15 counties and one municipality in southern Illinois. The CSI Project was selected by the National Emergency Number Association as a national pilot project. Equipment has been delivered and installed and the project is currently seeking regulatory approval.
NG-911, Inc. has been a client of the firm since 2004 and continues to position itself on the cutting edge of Next Generation 9-1-1. The firm is currently representing NG-911, Inc. in regulatory proceedings before the Illinois Commerce Commission which seek certification of NG-911, Inc. to become the first competitive 9-1-1 System Provider in Illinois. In addition to regulatory matters, the firm provides general business, corporate and contract law services to NG-911, Inc. Rick Hird serves as a member of the company’s executive team.