The Hall County Board of Commissioners is looking to spend $2.5 million on software upgrades in an effort to finish up a long-anticipated overhaul of the emergency 911 system.
The commission is set to vote Thursday on awarding a contract to a San Diego firm, Tritech, to do the work, which would take a year to 14 months to complete.
“The software we’re currently using has been in operation for about eight years,” said David Kimbrell, Hall County Emergency Management Agency director.
The upgrade, discussed during a commission work session Monday, will help responders “find you better if you call 911,” Kimbrell said. “It’s going to be a more reliable system to get the help to you as needed.”
“This is the last of the 911 upgrades,” Assistant County Administrator Marty Nix.
Remaking the system is the first big-budget item funded with revenues from the special purpose local option sales tax approved by voters in March 2015.
Earlier this year, the commission OK’d spending $9.5 million in SPLOST VII money on 911.
Other 911 improvements included remodeling the center off Crescent Drive, and phone and radio system upgrades.
“Once the (software upgrades) go in, we’ll be in good shape,” Kimbrell said.