911 Technician Wins Top Honor Establishing Spillman System

SALT LAKE CITY – November 10, 2006 – Adam Cooper, a systems administrator for Covington-Newton County 911 Communications Center in Georgia, has been named technician of the year by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials.

The recognition is a product of Cooper's successful implementation of a county-wide public safety data interoperability project using a software system from Spillman Technologies, a public safety software provider headquartered in Salt Lake City. The task now enables seven area law enforcement, fire and emergency service agencies to share critical information.

We're honored that he was recognized and it shows that we're succeeding in trying to stay on the cutting edge of technology and trying to provide the best service to the citizens of Newton County,” said Mike Smith, director of the county communications center.

Cooper manages the development and maintenance of the computer-aided dispatch and geographic information systems used by every public safety agency in the county, including the district attorney's office. He credits his ability to understand data sharing and interoperability issues to his personal background in each aspect of public safety.

That gives me good insight into what's happening on the other side of the coin from where we are,” said Cooper.

Cooper began his public safety career in 1994 as a volunteer firefighter with the City of Oxford Volunteer Fire Department. He later served as an emergency medical technician for Newton County Emergency Medical Services and as a law enforcement officer with the City of Covington Police Department.

But Cooper says this recent honor is simply the outcome of hard work.

It was jumping in with both feet and trying to learn the GIS mapping system,” said Cooper. And basically working real hard setting goals and trying to get things done on a time schedule that I thought we could handle.”

The result is that we are now truly interoperable with our public safety data throughout the county,” said Smith.

Spillman Technologies provides a full range of software solutions for public safety agencies, including Computer-Aided Dispatch, Records Management, Mobile Communications, Corrections Management, Fire/EMS Management, Resource Management, and Data Sharing. The software is installed at more than 600 agencies nationwide.