NAPSG Releases Case Study on Virginia-NAVTEQ Partnership

November 14, 2011 -- Washington D.C. – The National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation (NAPSG) is pleased to release a new case study on a groundbreaking agreement between the Commonwealth of Virginia and NAVTEQ: “Public-Private Partnership for Enhanced Statewide Road Network.”  The purpose of the case study was to evaluate how public agencies and commercial data providers can effectively work together to address time and cost-prohibitive challenges when creating and maintaining a routable road network data– a key resources for the public safety community.  Over the course of five months, NAPSG coordinated with and interviewed the stakeholders involved with the Virginia-NAVTEQ public-private partnership.

In 2009, Virginia implemented an enterprise licensing agreement with NAVTEQ to develop a statewide routable road network and centerline that can be shared across all levels of government. The agreement, executed through the commonwealth’s Virginia Geographic Information Network (VGIN), a division of the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA), allows NAVTEQ to use official government GIS data and for Virginia to use commercial data to fill in data gaps within local jurisdictions.  According to Dan Widner, VGIN coordinator, “This type of partnership has the potential to improve significantly the ability of public safety agencies to plan for and respond to incidents.”

NAPSG encourages other states and private entities to learn from the example set by VGIN, Virginia and NAVTEQ. The case study provides guidance for similar, future public-private partnerships.  Also, the case study demonstrates that applying the data attributes available from NAVTEQ to a state’s own database will maximize value for local end-users – in particular public safety agencies.  Keith Richter, NAPSG Chair and Chief of the Orange County Fire Authority highlighted a key finding from the case study:  “To make this sort of public-private partnership successful, the parties must engage with local agencies very early in the process to understand their needs and support them in leveraging the data for daily emergency operations.”

Supporting Resources Provided:
Provided below are links to a full version of the Case Study and an Executive Summary document.

For additional resources on this case study, log into the NAPSG  Resource Portal and visit the page on "Case Studies: Local, State, & Federal"

Upcoming Webcast on Case Study:
NAPSG will be hosting a virtual seminar on the lessons learned from the case study.  Be sure to  Register Today to join us for the webcast on January 12 at 2:00pm EST.


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