South Dakota awarded $1.5M to upgrade 911 call centers

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WASHINGTON (KEVN) - On Friday, Aug. 9, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Transportation announced more than $1.5 million in grant funding to the state of South Dakota to upgrade 911 call centers to Next Generation 911 (NG911) capabilities. NG911 will create a faster, more resilient emergency system, and will boost public safety through enhanced and new capabilities such as text message, image and video processing, advanced mapping and other improvements.

The funding is one piece of $109 million in grants being awarded to 34 states and two tribal nations as part of the 911 Grant Program. These grants are critical in helping first responders provide aid more quickly and responsively, thus saving lives.

For more information about these grants, including funding for each state, please click here.

For an infographic video describing the NG911 system and how it will work with First Net to upgrade emergency services, please visit https://www.911.gov/project_ng911publicsafety.html

For more information, please visit www.911.gov.