SEATTLE, Wash. -- The State of Oregon entered year 2000 as one of only eight states nation-wide offering border-to-border E 9-1-1 coverage. The program was initiated by the 1991 Legislature and completed on-schedule under the direction of the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), a division of the Oregon State Police. According to OEM technology and response director Ken Keim, the new system incorporates 57 Primary Safety Answering Points (PSAPs), each one compliant with state-of-the-art computer telephony.
"This is cutting-edge technology, and is fully capable of future upgrades as software or card replacement becomes necessary," said Keim. "The end effect for Oregon residents is faster 9-1-1 call processing by on-duty operators, and faster receipt of automatic number identification (ANI) and automatic location identification (ALI)."
Each PSAP is tied into a statewide frame relay network capable of faster speeds and transmitting multiple signals over the same circuit. "We're also delivering FCC Phase I wireless services statewide for AT&T, AIRTOUCH and Triton wireless providers," said Keim. "The system allows cell site location and call back number i.d. for wireless callers."
So far, Oregon is the only state in the nation providing this comprehensive service from multiple providers, and is currently negotiating with other wireless providers in the state and 9-1-1 program.