CAD RFP Resource Document Ready for Standards Process (9/18/12)
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 | Comments

The IJIS Institute and the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International announced a new “standards” candidate document titled “Unified Computer Aided Dispatch Functional Requirements (UCADFR).”

The document is a resource for public-safety organizations, supporting the planning, acquisition and management of full-featured CAD software applications. The document identifies and describes more than 130 CAD functions in 11 different topic areas and provides information on future issues for CAD systems, such as next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) and Long Term Evolution (LTE).

APCO and the IJIS Institute, on behalf of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Public Safety Data Interoperability (PSDI) grant project, launched the Unified CAD (UCAD) Project in 2010. The UCAD project was formed, in part, to create the UCADFR — a detailed, comprehensive and unified set of functional requirements for police, fire and EMS CAD systems. The project committee is composed of 22 subject matter experts (SMEs) from various stakeholder disciplines. The document provides a starting point for emergency response agencies to use when developing CAD requests for proposals (RFP) to level the playing field when selecting new CAD solutions, and to promote data system interoperability.

Now that the UCADFR is completed, APCO, as an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-certified standards development organization (SDO), will take the document through the American National Standards (ANS) process to create a standardized list of CAD functionality and to provide ongoing maintenance based on stakeholder input.

“The UCADFR is an outstanding product resulting from the strong partnership between APCO and the IJIS Institute and the ability of the two organizations to co-manage a highly successful project,” said APCO President Terry Hall. “When creating an RFP for a CAD replacement or an upgrade, public-safety communications center managers will find the UCADFR to be a resourceful menu of functions and associated requirements that a CAD system could have.”

The project also entailed a number of other deliverables. Additional resources are now available, including two documents: “High Priority Information Sharing Needs for Emergency Communications” and “First Responders and Recommendations for the Maintenance of the UCADFR.”

“As a widely accept standard, the UCADFR will have a substantial, positive impact on CAD applications and future CAD procurements for public-safety agencies,”?said IJIS Institute Executive Director Steve Ambrosini.

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