Public Safety is quickly moving to a new future and we don’t want you left behind.

Let us help you be in the driver’s seat all the way to full NG9-1-1. We’ll take it a lap at a time on the VESTA Speedway.

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What Is the VESTA Speedway All About?

It’s all about rallying around you with special programs, resources and information to help you make the move from the 9-1-1 call handling equipment you are using today to the VESTA® 9-1-1, Next Generation solution. As you look at the steps you need to take, we want to be your resource. We want to make it as easy and cost effective as possible for you all along the way so you are ready to better serve your communities in the world of Next Generation.

We invite you to take a look at the Speedway and contact our Pit Crew when you have questions. Let’s Rally!

Are one or more of these questions yours?

My equipment is still working. Is it really necessary to migrate to new equipment, or is this just a way to get me to spend money?

What’s any different this year than any other year? Will NG9-1-1 really happen? Haven’t we been getting ready for years?

What about Text-to-9-1-1? How does VESTA 9-1-1 help me with that? How do I even know how to get started?

With all the information out there, what is really critical for a PSAP to pay attention to? What are the priorities?

Don’t Get Stalled

There is a gap between what citizens can do with their mobile phones and what Public Safety can do in responding to a 9-1-1 call for help. While citizens are finding new ways to engage every day, for many PSAPS, the communications technology isn’t in sync with the mainstream. And the gap is growing.

Move to green

Having an IP ready NG9-1-1 call handling platform is the move to green and protecting your community and your Public Safety personnel in the new future.

Special Programs

We have created several special incentive programs to help you with the migration. Check with your Service Provider or Airbus Regional Account Manager for the details. The programs are all about rallying around YOU and making it as easy as possible for you to be NG9-1-1 ready.

Funding Resources

One of the most important elements to getting NG911 Ready is funding. The question, “how will we pay for it?” is frequently what controls your timing for implementation. The good news is there are resources to help fund NG91-1. We have several suggestions for you to look into. Below are multiple resources for you to review. If you have tips on getting grants please share it on our Speedway Feedback.

Grants

In addition to traditional funding sources (taxes, line contribution rate revenues, etc.), a funding source often used by public safety for one time or “extraordinary” expenses are grants. Here are sites you can go to for information.

From a state grant perspective, each state typically offers public safety grants. The links below give you some examples.

From a federal grant perspective, the current federal grant information can be found at www.grants.gov. The DHS (Department of Homeland Security), DOT (Department of Transportation) DOJ (Department of Justice) and NTIA, (National Telecommunications and Information Association) are also a possible source for grants and can be found at grants.gov or by going directly to the agency website. We have also included a link that provides you multiple sources for federal grants for emergency communications - http://www.npstc.org/documents/GrantProgramsforSAFECOMWebsite.pdf from the Homeland Security website.

Plus, check with our industry organizations such as NENA, www.nena.org, APCO, www.apcointl.org SAFECOM, http://www.dhs.gov/safecom-program for opportunities. You can also look at sites like www.firstrespondergrants.com and www.publicsafetygrants.info that will have information.

Two other links for you to look at are >www.911.gov and www.ncsl.org.

We have included funding guidelines to help you educate local city and county government officials on the importance of funding NG9-1-1. To see the guidelines click here and if you want us to help you or walk through how to approach your local officials with it, don’t hesitate to contact us