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911 system to be assessed

Published May 29. 2010 09:00AM

Carbon County will assess the functionality of its 911 system in regards to wireless telephone calls.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board approved a proposal from Essential Management Solutions LLC, for 911 Wireless Accuracy Testing and Post Deployment Consulting at the communications center in Nesquehoning. The total cost of the 12-month project is $184,800, or $15,400 a month. The cost is reimbursable under the Act 56, which allows wireless service providers to collect $1 per month for each cell phone. The money is then redistributed to the counties for projects like the one Carbon County is planning.

Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, said the company will help the county complete an analysis of the telephone billing charges, longitude and latitude validation, and the overall function of the system to make sure the county has efficient and accurate reporting and receipt of information as calls come in.

"The company will collect all routing data and will be assessing it to see how calls are getting to the communications center, using the longitude and latitude, from where he caller is to the towers that are used," O'Gurek said. "It's an overall analysis of the center in regards to the receipt of wireless calls."

He said that the system has made it safer for hikers and hunters who have cell phones because if they get lost in the woods and call in for help, the center should be able to locate them using the longitude and latitude information from their cell call.

Commissioner Wayne Nothstein added that the funding the county receives through Act 56 are based on the volume of calls received.

"This (the analysis) will ensure all calls are being routed properly and we are receiving the proper amount of funds that should be coming to us," he added.

The county will now work with the company to complete the analysis over the next year.

In other matters, Nothstein urged county residents to attend at least one memorial service this Memorial Day weekend.

"Now is the time to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifices with their life," he said.

Commissioner Charles Getz echoed Nothstein's thoughts.

He added that he hopes everyone will fly and American flag on Memorial Day in remembrance of veterans who fought for this country.

Numerous services; as well as parades have been planned for this weekend throughout the county. Information on these events have been published in the TIMES NEWS throughout the last week.

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