Calhoun County’s new 911 dispatching system expected to be ready next year

ANNISTON, Alabama — Calhoun County should have a new 911 dispatching system with real-time information that is expected to go online in late 2015.

On Friday, the county's 911 board of commissioners approved a $446,000 agreement with Spillman Technologies to buy a computer-aided dispatch, or CAD, system. The costs will pay for mapping and mobile software.

Officials say the new system will shave a great deal of time off emergency responses, delivering faster notifications to emergency responders and increasing the accuracy of information.

Using a county-wide CAD has been something discussed for the past four years. A 12-member committee of police, fire and first responders made the recommendation to go with the Spillman contract. It is the same company used by several Alabama public safety agencies, including Tuscaloosa Police and Fire and the University of Alabama Police.

Calhoun County 911 Director Kevin Jenkins said in a news release Spillman stood out from other companies.

“Calhoun County needed a software partner that will unite our agencies on a common platform for information sharing and Spillman has proven success with multi-jurisdictional deployments, having done it hundreds of times over the past 30 years and never failing a new software implementation,” Jenkins said.

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