Only a few times in my career have I run across the great combination of a clear value proposition, an offering that can really make a difference in emergency response, and a team that can deliver the goods. That’s what I see in RapidSOS. I’m thrilled to now join the RapidSOS public safety team to help transform emergency response with life-saving technology.
I spent decades leading efforts to develop better software for public safety agencies across the country, most recently as the head of Smart Public Safety Solutions with Motorola Solutions. 9-1-1 professionals provide assistance during our most difficult moments. Their jobs are exceptionally difficult as is – anything we can do to improve the information and tools that they use on a daily basis can have an impact on millions of emergencies.
I first worked with RapidSOS when I led the partnership with Motorola Solutions. This was before companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Uber had announced work with RapidSOS to help address the challenges facing the 9-1-1 system. I was inspired by the mission of the founder and CEO Michael Martin to provide life-saving data from connected devices to public safety agencies – at no cost to public safety.
I am excited to now help lead the public safety side of the business as VP of Public Safety Operations, ensuring agencies using RapidSOS technology have all the tools they need to leverage the platform to save lives.
Since those early days working with the company, RapidSOS has made unprecedented progress in transforming emergency response. Along with other public safety technologists and 9-1-1 community leaders, I applauded the announcements that Google and Apple will work with RapidSOS to provide PSAPs with device location for 9-1-1 callers. I know I’m not the only one to consider this the biggest improvement to 9-1-1 infrastructure in its 50 years of existence.
RapidSOS now has a singular opportunity to address the 9-1-1 location challenge for several reasons.
I look forward to working with the talented RapidSOS team to build on this momentum and expand access to the RapidSOS Clearinghouse to every PSAP nationwide. There are plenty of options to get connected with the RapidSOS team and learn how your PSAP can get access to the RapidSOS Clearinghouse.