Latest Thinking – Task Force on Optimal PSAP Architecture (TFOPA)The January 29, 2016 TFOPA Final Report reflects the thinking of some of the best minds in public safety on the topic of regionalization.
Ways to Achieve OptimizationThe TFOPA Report outlined a variety of conceptual approaches, and recommended that the approach taken should be whatever optimizes, or makes the best sense, for NG911 in a particular operational, financial/funding, and political environment.
Underscoring the point that there are many ways to optimize NG911 architecture, the TFOPA Report stated, “NG9-1-1 architecture can be customized to support almost any configuration of PSAP operations.” PSAP operations and operational decisions will remain local even when NG911 system infrastructure and services serve multiple PSAPs within a region.
The report focused on the following areas of PSAP NG911 optimization:
The delivery of 911 services could be optimized by sharing systems, by joint purchasing, by sharing infrastructure, by sharing staff. A regional or statewide approach maximizes the potential to achieve these optimizations.