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What Is Next Generation 911?

Next Generation 911 (NG911) is a nationwide, standards-based, all-IP emergency communications infrastructure enabling voice and multimedia communications between a 9-1-1 caller and a 911 center, and on to responders in the field.

Citizens in need of emergency assistance will be able to transmit photos, videos and other existing and future forms of broadband data and applications, in addition to voice, to 911 professionals. This could include streaming video from an emergency incident, photos of accident damage or a fleeing suspect, or medical information, all of which would greatly aid 911 professionals in assisting the caller or communicating with field responders and incident commanders.

Moreover, when a highly reliable, secure, standards-based NG911 system is deployed nationwide, 911 centers (known as "Public Safety Answering Points" or PSAPs) will have enhanced tools at their disposal for more effective and efficient response, and increased ability to interoperate with other PSAPs or transfer all functionality in the event of a major disaster

Connect Emergency Response Teams With Key Building Personnel

911inform is the only notification and emergency management solution that provides police dispatch, first-responders, and key building personnel with the tools to effectively mitigate any emergency situation. Our connected building platform provides emergency response teams with the bi-directional communication and controls needed to successfully manage a crisis situation and save valuable time. Can easily be implemented across a wide range of industries including hotels, malls, schools, hospitals, municipalities, and any other large public-access space.

911INFORM Introduction

911INFORM is the ONLY all-encompassing emergency
system that empowers first responders to:
Pinpoint location of an emergency call's origin while simultaneously notifying local authorities.
Instantaneously access detailed maps and visuals of your premises, and instantly text key on-site personnel.
Instantly control the building's security systems - including doors, lights, and security cameras.
911 CENTER
Immediate notification of the emergency event

Identification of emergency call location, placed over PBX or cell

Google Earth image overlay of building

Full video surveillance control

Full voice controls via intercom/ PBX Remote door lock/ unlocking control

Communicate directly into emergency event

Ability to provide connected-building controls to first-responding officers & medical teams

Full situational awareness of any emergency event within our geofenced location

LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIRE, EMS
Emergency event location notification for required emergency response teams

Digitally-mapped layout of building

Display of quickest route to emergency situation

Full door control capabilities

Full emergency video surveillance capabilities

Tactical views on Google Earth

Full voice controls via PBX or Intercom to page directly into emergency situation

Full situational awareness of any emergency event within a geofenced location
CLIENT USERS
Instant notification of any emergency phone call placed within your geomapped building location

All key building personnel notified Location identification of emergency event

Admin controls for key building personnel. You decide who gets notified in what situation (ex. Medical team notified in a medical emergency)

Integration with existing emergency response protocols including strobe activation

Direct line-of-communication between building faculty, police dispatch, and first responders

Fully-customizable to meet your security and emergency response needs

How 911INFORM Works

911inform enables full situational-awareness and communication across multiple platforms allowing for total transparency into any situation where a 911 request for emergency services occurs, to include both landline and wireless calls. When 911 is dialed from within a 911inform building or geofenced area an emergency event will be generated within the 911inform software. Once the emergency event is triggered 911inform will notify individuals based on pre-configured protocols. The public safety personnel being notified could include the following: 911 dispatch, law enforcement, fire, medical, private security, and building staff.

Main Features of 911INFORM

Caller Location Identification
When placing a 911 call via landline or cellular device within a 911inform connected building or geofenced area, it'll generate an emergency notification within the 911inform software and sends it to all users. After the emergency is initiated, you will receive accurate location information paired with an interactive geo-mapped building floor plan overlaid onto Google Earth. This enables the emergency response team to locate and arrive at the emergency as quickly and safely as possible.

911inform is partnered with RapidSOS by integrating into the RapidSOS Clearinghouse. RapidSOS is being utilized by 90% of 911 centers for the U.S. population and growing each day. Partnering with smartphone manufacturers and other IoT companies, we can pass fast and accurate location information with additional data to emergency call centers and first responders. RapidSOS is FREE for public safety agencies and integrates into their existing software within a 911 center – including CAD, CPE, Map, and RapidSOS portal.

Location Discovery Solution (LDS)
Eliminate the complex task of associating phones with subnets or ports and convoluted cable management databases. 911inform LDS simplifies and solves the tracking of movement for IP phones.
Connected Building Controls
911inform provides the connected-building controls needed for managing critical situations for all emergency response teams such as:
Video Controls
Integrate with your existing IP-based camera systems currently used within your organization. Public safety personnel both in the 911 Center and on-scene can access live video feeds from 911inform buildings during the emergency event. After the event is closed, video access is removed for all parties.
Voice Controls
Integrate with your existing intercom and PBX voice systems, enabling bi-directional communication into an emergency event for public safety personnel at the 911 center and on-scene responders.
Door Access Controls
Integrate with your existing door locks, allowing for remote door locking and unlocking capabilities for public safety personnel.
Strobe Controls:
Emergency strobe light integration with the 911inform platform. Ability to set different light patterns based on the emergency at hand.

911INFORM Hardware

Our emergency notification platform is solution-agnostic, meaning that it'll work with your existing security systems. 911inform integrates with your IP-based video and voice systems as well as your existing door access points to create a connected-building solution that helps emergency response teams better manage crisis situations. The 911inform gateway is the only required hardware for your connected-building solution, we offer other hardware components like:
911 InformPod
The 911 InformPod is an intelligent panic button that transmits a higher level of detail to 911 in the case of an emergency. With one-touch activation, it ensures that a building's security and safety teams are notified when a 911 call is placed at your building location as well as giving them connected-building controls to initiate emergency procedures. The 911 InformPod can be programmed based on your organization's emergency requirements. The emergency procedures currently available with the 911 InformPod includes: Medical Emergencies, Shelter-in-Place, Lockdown and Active Shooter situations.
Other Hardware
911inform can also provide hardware solutions to tie into your emergency broadcast and strobe light notification systems.
Multi-Tiered Security Notification
Receive real-time notifications to your email, text SMS and mobile application. With 911inform you will have a four-tiered level of notification grouping:
1
Acknowledge Users

Emergency notifications and some connected-building controls
2
Basic Users

Emergency notifications
3
Cardiac/Health Emergency Users
Emergency notifications and connected-building controls
4
Administration Users

Emergency notifications and connected-building controls
Notifications In Police Vehicle
Easily Locate Quick Emergency Access Points
Access full detailed floor plans overlaid on Google Earth to navigate the fastest route to an emergency. Assign access doors around the perimeter of the school for the local police to open with their key. If they don't have one at the ready, they can open the door from the patrol car and dispatch will be able to close it behind them.
Integrates With

Understanding Compliance With The
NG911 Network

Legislation And Compliance
Both Kari's Law and the RAY BAUM'S Act were added to the Telecommunications Act of 1934. The Telecommunications Act of 1934 is part of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and enforced by the Federal Communications Commission Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. Violations can result in heavy penalties and daily fines as set forth by the Commission in a Notice of Apparent Liability. The collection enforcement of these penalties and fines is handled by the United States Department of Justice.

Kari's Law

On December 1, 2013 the world tragically lost a loving, caring, mother of three; for myself, I lost a daughter that I loved dearly. While Kari's death should never have happened, that cannot be changed. Going forward, the best way I can celebrate my daughter's life, and honor her legacy, is to advocate for awareness so this NEVER happens again. NG911 carries with it the promise that will assure when a call for help is made, it's delivered to the proper 1st responder, and carries the relevant lifesaving data that can make a difference. The Kari Hunt Foundation is proud to see a company like 911inform making that NG911 promise a reality.
_____
Hank Hunt, President
The Kari Hunt Foundation
www.karihuntfoundation.org

Effective Date: February 16, 2020

Applies to all new systems, regardless of technology (including cloud-based systems) installed after February 16, 2020, or any system receiving a major upgrade after that date. Major upgrades are defined as 51% of the system hardware being refreshed, or a major software release. "Dot Releases" are not considered major releases. Version 7.X upgrading to version 8.X would be a major release, but version 7.2 upgrading to 7.4 would be considered a dot release and not be required to implement.

Requirements
  • System must allow direct access to 911 without any access codes
  • System must provide on-site notification that the call has occurred and from what station.
  • On-site notification must be to a device on the premises, or another on site or offsite location.
The goal of this provision is to deliver more specific data that will enable public safety to reduce response times and raise situational awareness around emergency events.

Ray BAUM'S Act §506

Passed in 2018, the overall RAY BAUM's Act contains a myriad of communications and broadcast laws. Specific to MLTS environments, RAY BAUM'S Act §506 further codifies the Kari's Law requirements for access and adds the requirement that MLTS provide dispatchable location information on-site as well as delivering that information to the PSAP. The Act defines Dispatchable Location as: "... a location delivered to the PSAP with a 911 call that consists of the validated street address of the calling party, plus additional information."

Effective Date: February 16, 2020 - Wired Devices
Effective Date: February 16, 2020 - Wireless

Additional information is defined as:
  • Suite
  • Apartment
  • Or similar information necessary to adequately identify the location of the calling party.
Requirements
  • Any call to 9-1-1 must deliver a dispatchable location to the PSAP/ECC (Public Safety Answering Point/Emergency Communications Center)
  • Any call to 9-1-1 must deliver a dispatchable location to on-site personnel.
Personal Liability for Wrongful Death
In addition to the fines and penalties, there is also a significant risk for personal wrongful death liability exposure to the MLTS owner operator. When Kari Hunt's family went to trial for Kari's murder, a Texas jury awarded the Hunt family $41 million for the wrongful death of Kari (Kari's Law was created after these tragic events). This was reportedly the very first time that a case of this type went to a jury trial, as other similar events ended up settling out of court where the award amounts were sealed and never made public
Emergency Communications in the Enterprise
Each day, millions of employees spend their workday inside multistory buildings or facilities. Should an emergency occur, reaching the appropriate public safety agency quickly is essential. Aiding in the response is the action of the enterprise communication technology provider, typically the business employer. While many believe that sufficient location and calling abilities inherently exist, in most environments this is often a fallacy, and can have tragic results. Over the years, several different technologies have been deployed attempting to provide a solution, however in most cases, cost and complexity have created implementation challenges and roadblocks to a reasonable solution. In 2020, Next Generation 911 (NG911) networks and services have become a reality in many parts of the world, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, and as well as the European Union. In fact, the Canadian implementation of NG911 is well underway, with live traffic expected to traverse the network in the summer of 2021. Along with these NG911 services, comes the added benefit and ease of providing more relevant information regarding the location and environment directly from the originating device or network. Today, intelligent devices are connected to intelligent networks and can contribute discrete information about an event. New NG911 networks exist so that it can collect and deliver information to public safety agencies across North America. Not only does this new iteration of emergency communications facilitate the delivery of an emergency call to the appropriate 911 center, but it can also do so at a more affordable cost factor than traditional E911 solutions.
Why Next Generation 911?
Postal Service delivers package to recipientThe existing E911 network was designed and implemented well before the existence of IP telephony and multi-line telephone systems with advanced capabilities. The initial intent of the E911 network was to examine the origination location of the device based on its telephone number and then route that device to a predetermined PSAP for emergency services. At that time, telephone devices were static, and location changes were tracked and documented accurately. With the advent of IP telephony, as well as wireless telephony, devices became more nomadic. In this new nomadic device environment, moves and changes could not be processed quickly enough to maintain levels of location accuracy.

Next generation 911 networks provide the ability for originating networks, or intelligent devices to provide location information dynamically over a new IP transport layer that NG911 provided. In addition to the IP end points providing relevant information, the originating networks themselves, including the world of IOT devices they contained, could also contribute relevant information into the NG911 ecosystem.

Today, NG911 networks include RapidSOS's ADR (Additional Data Repository), which provide multimedia data transmissions to public safety. Currently, PSAPs enabled with the RapidSOS functionality covers 92% of the US population serving over 4,800 emergency communications centers across multiple countries and managing over 250 million emergencies annually with data from over 350 million devices. Networks like RapidSOS are already managing smartphone 911 call locations, which according to NENA account for 80% of all 911 calls

More Accurate
Devices that register to the network provide a deeper level of forensics. This can include additional data points correlated based on relevance

More Efficient
NG911 removes the need for the record to be provisioned prior to the call, while reducing the overall number of records required to provide device level location.

More Informative
In addition to physical location, additional data provides a detailed operational picture locally, on-site, and to the PSAP. This provides RAY BAUM'S Act compliance and extends your organization's situational awareness with multi-media and bi-directional communications and control.

How It Works

3 Point Process

With new network technology, comes solution efficiency and accuracy. This allows the entire solution to be distilled into three primary components.

  1. Pinpoint
  2. Deliver
  3. Inform
Pinpoint
  • Track location of any telephone endpoint
  • More precise location than subnet or zone-based reporting
  • Eliminate tedious recordkeeping
  • Accurate location despite enterprise size
Deliver
  • Connect the Enterprise w/ Public Safety for Increased awareness
  • IP protocols deliver actionable information
  • Flexible routing of emergency calls to appropriate PSAP
Inform
  • Bi-directional data flow delivers real-time information
  • NG911 multimedia delivery
  • Kari's Law and RAY BAUM's Act compliance
  • Increase situational awareness

How Is The Data Distributed Through The
NG911 Infrastructure


Let's Compare This To Sending A Letter Via The Postal Services:

Pinpoint
  • Sender obtains a letter
  • Put the letter he wants to send in envelope
  • Address the envelope
Deliver
  • Postal Service takes envelope
  • Transports the envelope through Postal Service Network
  • Provides tracking updates to Sender
Inform
  • Postal Service delivers package to recipient
  • Provides sender with receipt of delivery
Who are the Decision Makers And Stakeholders
Informing on-site staff and public safety personnel, in accordance with RAY BAUM'S Act, MUST include the same location information so that all stakeholders are aware of the emergency. Thanks to the IP connection enabled by NG911, additional data is capable of being shared. Things like building and campus maps outlining caller location, bi-directional communication and control, and additional RELEVANT data can now be shared at the time of the call.

Decision Makers

Executive Staff
  • Implementation of NG911 into the enterprise is decided by executive staff, with implementation responsibilities left to the IT Department.
Human Resources
  • Human Resources ensures that compliance is being met for employees within the enterprise.
Legal
  • Enterprise legal teams manage liability exposure based on lack of compliance.
Stakeholders
On-site

Safety and Security Personnel
  • On-site security and safety are responsible for the safety of patrons and employees within the enterprise
  • Responsibilities also include building access control, emergency management and the primary point of contact for public safety
Facilities Department
  • Safety issues will often involve facilities teams
IT Personnel
  • IT contributes to the technical design of the NG911 solution
  • Responsible for implementation
  • Responsible for day-to-day maintenance
  • Reporting compliance issues to management
Administrative Staff
  • May assist security with notifications and response
Public Safety
  • PSAP (Public Safety Answering Point)
  1. Answers call
  2. Determines resources
  3. Dispatches appropriate units
  • Police/Fire/Sheriff/EMT
  1. Responds to incident as required using actionable data provided by the enterprise/PSAP

Industries 911INFORM Serves

Education
Educational institutions across our nation must be held to the highest standards of safety and security. In order to foster development of our next generation of leaders, we must create environments where students can feel safe. The emergency response systems that exist today are outdated, lack interoperability and don't solve for an increasingly growing problem for emergency response teams; cellphone 911 calls. As much as 85% of all 911 calls today are made from cellphones and existing systems don't provide the necessary caller location data for first responders to accurately respond to the emergency. 911inform has solved for cellular 911 calls by partnering with RapidSOS, ensuring that every 911 call or text made over cellular networks notifies the required public safety personnel of the emergency location, within meters of reliability and provides them with the SMART building technologies required to more effectively manage the situation.
Pre-K
Ensuring the safety of young children is a priority for all faculty in pre-kindergarten schools & daycare environments. The 911inform solution ensures that every call to 911, whether over desktop PBX phone or cellphone, will notify the required public safety personnel of the emergency location and provide them with access to live video feeds, overhead paging and door controls to more effectively manage the situation.
K-12
Between Kindergarten and 12th grade, students are in their primary formative years. In order to foster the development of our future generations of leaders, we need to create environments that encourage learning. Establishing safe learning environments is key to this process and with 911inform, schools can rest assured that anyone (whether student, teacher, faculty member or guest) who dials 911 on any device, will send notifications to the required public safety teams.
Higher Education
College's & Universities are known to have some of the most sprawling educational campuses in the country. With 911inform, we geofence your entire campus location so that anyone who walks within your geo-grid and dials 911 from any smartphone device, will activate our software and alert your local PSAP as well as any public safety or security teams within your organization.
Medical Facilities
Medical facilities know better than most the primary rule of any emergency. Time is the most important factor and seconds can often mean the difference between life and death. When emergency situations arise within your facility, your medical staff and security teams will be notified the second anyone places a 911 call or text within your building. Seconds matter in an emergency and with 911inform, we make those seconds count.
Assisted Living
Emergency situations are common in assisted living facilities. It's important that all staff be notified in an emergency event. 911inform integrates with all your existing technologies including door access controls, video feeds, intercom systems and panic buttons to ensure that your organization has the tools available to them to ensure the safety and well-being of all residents.
Clinics
Patients go to clinics to receive medical treatment and advice, but sometimes unforeseen emergencies arise. The 911inform emergency solution offers clinics the ability to be in full control over any emergency. Our software activates any 911 phone call ensuring that your staff will be notified immediately of any emergency and be provided the communicational tools to more effectively manage the situation.
Hospitals
Hospitals are well accustomed to managing emergency situations, but what happens when someone dials 911 within your building? Often, it's difficult for first responders to locate the origin of that 911 caller. With 911inform, we build a digitally overlaid map of your building with the quickest access route to that 911 callers' location, ensuring you can get the help they need in a timely fashion.
Sporting Events & Concert Venues
Fans can get rowdy during sporting events and it's important that your security staff take all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of all guests within your stadium. 911inform will alert all organizational staff, alongside emergency responders, the second someone places a 911 call within your stadium and provide the visual tools to quickly locate the emergency caller.
Arenas
Whether it's a music event, theatre show or sporting event, the 911inform emergency response solution ensures that your security and medical teams can quickly locate an emergency 911 caller in a real crisis. Our software, which activates any 911 call or text over smartphone, will provide public safety teams with the communication and control capabilities to more effectively manage emergencies in crowded settings.
Ball Parks
Baseball games are one of American's favorite past-times. Hot dogs, beer and brats make for a wonderful outing with the family and emergencies are often the last thing on people's minds. Nevertheless, it's important that your organization does everything in its power to ensure the absolute safety of all guests. With 911inform, our software ensures that every 911 call placed within your ballpark will be quickly identified and provide the navigational tools for your public safety teams to quickly respond to the situation.
Stadiums
911inform provides the notification and situational awareness tools for first responders to more effectively manage any emergency that arises within your stadium. Our software, which activates off any 911 call, notifies emergency personnel of the caller location and provides the quickest access route to that location.Instant notification of any emergency phone call placed within your geomapped building location.
Public Venues
Open spaces are some of the most difficult areas for emergency first responders to locate the 911 caller. With 911inform, we can geofence any large open space and provide first responders with the visual tools to quickly and accurately locate the 911 caller and save valuable time.
Amusement Parks
Amusement parks are tasked with overseeing the safety of the thousands of customers on a day-to-day basis. Spread out across large areas of property, security and medical teams can only cover so much ground. With 911inform, the second someone dials 911 within your amusement park grounds, all required emergency teams are notified and sent the exact location of the emergency caller, ensuring they can get the help and assistance needed.
Beaches
Most beaches encompass miles of publicly accessible area. Lifeguards and medical teams are well-trained to respond to any crisis situations; however, these individuals can only oversee so much of the property. With 911inform, we can geofence your entire beach and ensure that every time someone dials 911, your public safety teams will be notified immediately of the situation with directions to the 911 caller location.
Golf Courses
Golf courses encompass large swaths of land and are difficult for emergency teams to respond to when situations arise. With 911inform, we can provide any emergency response teams with the visual tools too quickly and effectively identify the location of the emergency caller and respond accordingly.
Parks
National parks are some of the biggest tourism draws of our nation. It's important that National Park Services take the necessary precautions to protecting all visitors. With 911inform, we will geofence your park location and notify all public safety teams whenever somebody places a 911 call.
Ski Resorts
Emergency situations are common amongst ski resorts. Whether it's a ski accident or a missing person, 911inform will notify your response teams the second someone dials 911 and provide overlaid maps to quickly and effectively navigate to the location of the 911 caller.
Enterprise
Depending on the size of your organization, there may exist different safety and emergency regulations that your business needs to abide by. The 911inform emergency response solution is fully customizable to meet your business's needs. Built around the need to quickly identify a 911 cellphone caller location and notify the required public safety teams in real-time, our platform ensures that every emergency can be more efficiently and effectively managed.
Airports
US airlines accounted for over 1.1 billion in people traffic in 2019. Some of the busiest airports in the world see millions of people travel through their terminals daily. With 911inform, all designated airport personnel are notified immediately of the location of every 911 call or text placed within your airport ensuring that all public safety teams can respond to the emergency in a timely fashion.
Malls
Thousands of shoppers transcend on malls daily. With 911inform, your organization can mark all key medical device locations within your building and provide the situational awareness resources to first responders when an emergency arises.
Manufacturing
Manufacturing industries have some of the most stringent regulations on workplace safety. Accidents happen. But with 911inform, you can rest assured that when one does arise, your safety teams will be notified immediately, and public safety teams will be provided with the tools to quickly respond to the situation.
Refineries
Although workplace safety has improved in recent years, refineries remain a higher risk industry for many employees. It's important that your organization mitigates all potential risks. With 911inform, you'll be notified immediately of any emergencies that arise and public safety teams provided the tools to more effectively manage the situation.
Resorts
Ensuring the safety of all guests is a primary responsibility for resorts. With 911inform, any 911 call will alert your staff to the location of the 911 caller and provide public safety teams with the video, voice and door access control capabilities to quickly and efficiently manage the emergency.
Casinos
Casino's operate on a 24/7 basis and must constantly be on the lookout for any emergency situations. 911inform makes it easy by alerting your staff of any 911 calls made on your premise while providing first responder teams with the connected-building technologies to more effectively manage the emergency.
Convention Centers
Convention centers oversee thousands of people and businesses during an event. It's vital that these organizations can ensure the safety and security of all guests. 911inform provides the capabilities to map out your building's floorplans, mark all important emergency-related locations within the center and provide any first responders with the situational awareness tools to ensure the safety of all patrons.
Destination Resorts
Destination resorts exist in all corners of the globe. A key selling point for these resorts is the ability to make guests always feel safe. 911inform is the all-encompassing emergency solution to manage lockdowns, shelter-in-place procedures, medical emergencies and more.
Overnight Hotels
Guests may only be temporary, but organizational safety is forever. With 911inform, every 911 call alerts your staff and required emergency personnel of the location of the emergency caller and the quickest access route to their location in real-time.
State, Local & Federal Government
Workplace safety is a primary responsibility for any government agency. 911inform provides the situational awareness tools for all first responders to more quickly respond to an emergency call and more effectively manage the situation.
Capital Buildings
Our nation's capital buildings must serve as the pinnacle of safety and security. 911inform is the only emergency solution that's solved for cellphone 911 calls by alerting all required personnel the second a call is received and by providing the voice, video and door access controls to more effectively manage the situation.
Courthouses
Tasked with upholding our nations rule of law, courthouses must hold the highest of safety and security standards. With 911inform, we alert all organizational staff the second a 911 call is placed and provide the situational awareness tools to quickly and effectively respond to the emergency.

About 911INFORM

Connect Emergency Response Teams
With Key Building Personnel
In 2015, the founder of 911inform, Ivo Allen, found inspiration for the company after watching news footage of a recent shooting. Unfortunately, this is an issue that's far too prevalent here in the US, but what really struck Ivo was the fact that many of the victims passed away from the inability of emergency first-response teams to arrive on the scene quickly enough. This was due to a variety of factors, but the core reason was the fact that these first responders didn't have the tools available to them to gain a better grasp of the emergency at hand. They had little to no transparency into the emergency and little to no direct communication with those affected by it. They would often be walking into an emergency totally blind, and in an active shooter situation, this is unacceptable. With new technological advancements in safety and security systems, Ivo knew there was a better way. He went to work on the product and after years of testing, 911inform was formally established in 2018.

About RapidSoS

Working With First Responders To Build
The Emergency Response Data Platform
RapidSOS creates technology that protects lives by connecting people, their devices, and their families directly to first responders in emergencies.

Inspired by the heroic work of tens of thousands of first responders worldwide, our team has spent the past eight years partnering with public safety organizations to build technology that empowers stronger, safer communities.

The idea behind RapidSOS originated in a rural farming community in Indiana, the hometown of founder and CEO, Michael Martin.

After college, Michael chased a career in New York City, only to find himself barely escaping a mugging late one night while walking home. Only a few months later, Michael's father Charlie climbed onto the roof of his childhood home during a major snowstorm, clearing the snow to prevent the roof from caving in.

Charlie fell from the roof, shattering his hip and breaking his wrist. Alone in freezing temperatures and blowing wind, he had no ability to call 911. It wasn't until that evening when Michael's mother Sue came home from work, that she was able to call 911 while frantically trying to warm Charlie's body.

Moved by these personal experiences, Michael spent the next three months cold-calling 911 agencies trying to learn about the challenge. That effort expanded as he attended grad school to develop the concept, working with a growing team out of the Harvard Innovation Lab and MIT Entrepreneurship Center.

Whether he drove 3,000 miles across the country to meet with them, or attended conferences like the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) conference in Tennessee, first responders were eager to help Michael solve this challenge. Again and again, the public safety community would step up to answer millions of questions and test early iterations of RapidSOS technology.

After Eight years and over $100 million of investment, over 5,000 first responders have partnered with RapidSOS to develop the world's first emergency response data platform.

Today we work with over 4,800 emergency communications centers in multiple countries, managing over 150 million emergencies annually with data from over 350 million devices. Together with public safety and our partners certified as RapidSOS Ready, we're protecting lives and empowering safer, smarter communities for all
It's OUR business to keep YOUR 911 In Compliance.
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