LAS VEGAS, Aug. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — RapidSOS today announced over 1,000 public safety agencies nationwide have deployed the RapidSOS Clearinghouse emergency platform. Current users represent 9-1-1 public safety answering points (PSAPs) from urban, suburban, and rural counties nationwide. Deployed PSAPs can access emergency data from millions of connected devices in their existing software through the Next Generation 9-1-1 integration.
The RapidSOS Clearinghouse allows PSAPs to receive life-saving emergency data from sources including Apple, Uber, and Waze. RapidSOS provides this data to public safety agencies at no cost, making Next Generation 9-1-1 technology accessible to any PSAP in America.
«The RapidSOS platform is life-saving technology for the public safety community,» said Liz Graeber, 9-1-1 Administrator for the Maricopa Region. «Our agency implemented the RapidSOS Clearinghouse in a matter of weeks. Now our 9-1-1 telecommunicators in our 25 PSAPs can access fast, accurate location and additional data to improve emergency response for the roughly 225,200 9-1-1 calls we receive every month.»
«Over 1,000 PSAPs have integrated with the RapidSOS Clearinghouse, setting an extraordinary milestone for the progress of modern Next Generation 9-1-1 infrastructure,» said Michael Martin, CEO and co-founder of RapidSOS. «We are honored to work closely with the 9-1-1 community on our shared mission to make the best possible tools accessible to any public safety agency.»
A PSAP’s Trusted Source for Connected Device Data
Public safety agencies today struggle to receive accurate caller location from wireless devices and typically receive no other data around an emergency besides a voice connection. RapidSOS partners with mobile device, smart home, connected car, wearable, and industrial sensor companies to provide public safety agencies with a wide range of situational emergency data.
PSAPs with access to the RapidSOS Clearinghouse receive life-saving data when an enabled device dials 9-1-1, resulting in more efficient and better prepared emergency response. Example data sources include:
- RapidSOS announced work with Apple to send fast, accurate location data from iOS 12 devices to PSAPs through the Clearinghouse.
- RapidSOS and Uber announced a partnership to send accurate location, vehicle type, and license plate number information to PSAPs through the app’s 9-1-1 Assistance feature.
- RapidSOS and Waze announced a partnership to share live incident data from the Waze app with 9-1-1 and first responders.
RapidSOS implements best-in-class security practices including end-to-end encryption for data in the Clearinghouse and an information security management program developed with IBM that has achieved ISO 27001 compliance, a rigorous and globally -recognized cybersecurity certification. Emergency data is only available to agencies during live 9-1-1 calls initiated from the device.
Available at No Cost to Public Safety
PSAPs can start receiving data from the RapidSOS Clearinghouse through one of two methods.
- RapidSOS partners with all major public safety software companies to integrate data from the RapidSOS Clearinghouse directly in PSAPs’ existing dashboards and workflows. Public safety officials can view the list of RapidSOS partners here.
- Any PSAP can access data from the RapidSOS Clearinghouse today with RapidLite, a free, secure web-based tool for public safety agencies. Authorized PSAPs can create an account at RapidLite.com.
RapidSOS partners with Internet of Things (IoT) companies to provide this data to public safety agencies at no cost.
Public safety officials can meet the RapidSOS team at the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) National Conference in Las Vegas from August 5th to 8th. Read more details about connecting with RapidSOS at the APCO conference on the blog.
Partnering with Internet of Things (IoT) companies and the public safety community, RapidSOS provides a rich data link to public safety via the RapidSOS Clearinghouse – sending lifesaving data to aid in emergency response. The RapidSOS Clearinghouse is a free service to public safety, and is integrated with all major vendors of 9-1-1 call-taking, dispatching and mapping software. Learn more about RapidSOS: www.rapidsos.com.