City of Midland Dispatch Systems to Undergo Major Upgrade

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - A major technology upgrade is coming to the City of Midland's Emergency Dispatch Center along with a GPS tracking system for all emergency vehicles.

Midland City Council approved the 2.5 million dollar upgrade that will replace a 19-year-old dispatch system.

The new system will also include an automated vehicle locator that will use GPS tracking for all 180 Police, EMS, and Fire vehicles. This will allow dispatch to pinpoint each vehicle at any time.

"That will help officer safety to locate where the unit is at, as well allowing a faster response based on the closest unit.," City of Midland Communication Manager Eva Luna, said.

The software and hardware update will take some time to implement, but they hope to have the new system in place sometime next year.