Helping Update 911 Response Maps In Humboldt County NV
Recently, residents of Humboldt County, Nevada have likely spotted a specially equipped car cruising all of the county’s roads. Driven by CompassData’s own Jake Cerra, this car is being used to help Humboldt County update its geographic information system, or GIS. This project was recently featured in an article written by The Humboldt Sun. In Humboldt County, this mapping information is used primarily by law enforcement and the roads department. CompassData was chosen by Humboldt County to help with this project, which will enhance the county’s 911 response time and provide valuable data for the roads department.
The car driven by Jake Cerra for this project is similar to Google’s Streetview cars in that it features a roof-mounted camera stack. This camera captures images of road surfaces, culverts, road signs, cattle guards, striping and more while the vehicle gathers GPS data using the Trimble MX7.
Why Does This GIS Data Need Updating?
According to Dave Mendiola, the Humboldt County Administrator, the GIS database for the county was last updated between 10 and 12 years ago. Last spring, the county commissioners approved the spending of $190,000 for the update, which should be completed every 10 to 15 years.
The 911 Enhancement Fund covered $110,000 of the cost using funds collected from taxes on phone lines in Nevada. This fund is intended for the improvement of 911 dispatch services. The updated information collected by CompassData will be used to enhance the 911 response system in Humboldt. The dispatch center will be able to better handle incoming calls and dispatch emergency personnel as needed using the updated GPS information, according to Sheriff Mike Allen.
In addition to improving 911 response times in Humboldt County, the updated GIS data will help the Humboldt County Roads Department. The data collected will be used to help the department prepare its annual report on the state of right of ways, road furnaces and the number and condition of road signs. This report will later be reported to the state.
Humboldt County originally contracted the Sidwell Company for the GIS update, and at CompassData, we are incredibly proud to have been chosen as a subcontractor on this important project.