Mapping Solutions for 9-1-1 and Public Safety

1611 St. Andrews Dr. Lawrence, KS 66047

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 684, Olathe, KS 66051
Welcome to Spatial Data Research

Since our incorporation in 1993, Spatial Data Research has served local government and private sector clients building detailed GIS databases for E9-1-1, Public Safety and a variety of other needs including transportation planning and utility asset management.  An early innovator in using GPS technologies in GIS, SDR first incorporated GPS field verification in 1995 and has continued using and improving this technology in our GIS projects, assuring accurate and complete information for analysis.

When we opened our doors in 1993, with E9-1-1 mapping/addressing jobs in Texas and Missouri, we utilized appropriate technology to create customized solutions that could be maintained by our clients using the same tools and processes we used to build them.  Now well into the 21st century, SDR continues to stay at the cutting edge of GIS technology and remains committed to a service-oriented philosophy.  We’ve broadened our scope to include a full range of GIS services, programming and consulting and have served hundreds of county governments, municipalities and private clients across the United States. 

In 1996, when 9-1-1 from wireless phones was in its conceptual stage, SDR participated in the Wireless Integration Project (WIP) as the GIS/GPS consultant. The WIP proved that cellular 9-1-1 calls could be automatically located on a map and was the technological foundation for the FCC's cellular and wireless communications standards. Beginning in 2002, SDR served the State of New Mexico as its E9-1-1 GIS consultant and helped the state implement wireless 9-1-1 call mapping by constructing and compiling statewide GIS centerline and a process to distribute data to each of the state’s 45 Public Safety Answering Points.

Whether we are working for a Native American nation seeking to bring Enhanced 9-1-1 and its life-saving benefits to its citizens, helping a large metropolitan transportation service offering bus and light rail service to two states or crafting a solution for an Oklahoma County in “tornado alley” to locate, map and classify its storm shelters, SDR offers professional service, proven solutions and timely implementations. If you’d like to learn more about SDR, explore this website or e-mail me at

Susan Cunningham
President, SDR, Inc.
Susan Cunningham, PresidentSusan M. Cunningham

Susan Cunningham serves as President of Spatial Data Research. A founding member of the company, she participates in nearly every facet of operations including business development, software planning and in E9-1-1 consulting and technical production. Prior to leading SDR as President, Susan worked as project manager and 9-1-1 consultant on more than 100 municipal, county and state E9-1-1 projects and served as SDR’s E9-1-1/GIS consultant to the State of New Mexico.

Susan holds a BA, a BJ and an MA from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She is a member of NENA and APCO and is a frequent attendee and presenter at E9-1-1, Addressing and GIS seminars and trainings. Susan helps promote SDR’s philosophy of assuring our clients’ continued success by involving them in our projects and educating them on the tools and processes we use to build the data and implement solutions. She has also designed many of SDR’s training tools and helped design and implement SDR’s web training program which offers on demand and scheduled webinar trainings to clients and interested parties.

At the core of SDR’s philosophy is the belief that we aren’t successful unless the clients we serve are successful. To that end, Susan, as president of SDR, along with Penny Knight and our senior technical team, strive to always make SDR and its resources accessible to our clients. We stay current with industry developments and the products offered by our competitors and partners so that we can help our clients use their data as effectively as possible and help point them in the right direction when problems occur that affect mapping. Susan, in particular, strives to educate our clients in the location accuracy of Phase II wireless 9-1-1 and in triaging issues with specific towers or processes.

Penny KnightPenny Knight
Vice President

Penny Knight, Vice President/Co-Owner of Spatial Data Research, Inc., joined SDR as Director of Sales & Marketing in 2022. Penny began her career with SDR in 2018 as HR Director and worked closely with our sales and marketing efforts, serving as co-Commercial Partner’s Representative for the Missouri MSPCC conference. Her efforts helped grow the conference, encourage both vendor and 911 community participation and establish a better working relationship between the 911 community and the commercial partners serving them.

Since taking on her leadership role at SDR, Penny has worked consistently to continue to grow her industry knowledge and technical skills. She has traveled hundreds of miles across Missouri and Oklahoma to visit SDR’s clients and learn more about all aspects of their operations and participating in SDR software installations and upgrades. In March of 2022, she was appointed Commercial Liaison on the MOAPCO Board and joined forces with DataMark to sponsor APCO’s Summer Summit in Sikeston Missouri. She also serves as Commercial Advisor on the MPSCC board.

Penny now leads SDR’s Sales and Marketing efforts nationally, with a focus on educating Public Safety agencies on how GIS solutions will improve their data for location and routing in a NG9-1-1 world. She is leading efforts to develop partnering relationships to better serve SDR’s clients and to continue SDR’s mission of providing professional products and service for the 911 GIS industry and standing behind them with people our clients trust.

Rod Neal - SDR Customer

"Since March of 2004 Spatial Data Research has provided mapping solutions for Ottawa County, Oklahoma  E9-1-1. SDR delivers hardware and service in a timely manner and continues to provide prompt professional support with our occasional questions.  SDR keeps us informed of the latest innovations in mapping and we look forward to continuing our business relationship."

Rod Neal
Ottawa County 9-1-1 Coordinator
Ottawa County, Oklahoma

Copyright © 2023 Spatial Data Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved.