The Consolidated Computer-Aided Dispatch System provides a shared dispatch infrastructure among several communities throughout Summit County, in order to provide seamless integration and access of information for first responders.
In 2018, the County of Summit and the cities of Akron, Cuyahoga Falls, Fairlawn, Green, and Stow finalized plans to jointly acquire, own, and operate a Consolidated Computer-Aided Dispatch System (Consolidated CAD System). Rather than each community purchasing separate systems, the Consolidated CAD System will result in a collective cost savings of over $7 million over the first five years of acquiring and owning the system. The upfront cost to purchase and install the system is $3.4 million, as opposed to $8.7 million for the communities to purchase separate systems. The communities will save an additional $1.8 million for the first five years of maintenance of the system. The Consolidated CAD System will is operated on a daily basis by Executive Shapiro’s Department of Public Safety, with assistance from the County Office of Information Technology. The system is overseen by a Consolidated CAD Oversight Committee, made up of one member from each community. The Committee makes staffing, budgetary and operational policy decisions, and requires a 2/3 vote of the members, with a unanimous vote needed for high-dollar items.