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RapidSOS

RapidSOS

RapidSOS is a technology company that has created a platform which connects emergency responders with essential data. It was founded in 2012 and is located in New York City.

RapidSOS is a New York-based company that has used artificial intelligence to create software to streamline the process of relaying data to 911 and first responders. The software takes information during an emergency situation from connected devices, such as wearables, a connect car, a smart home, or a mobile application, and sends it to the appropriate emergency services.

Products

The company offers various products in the categories of technology and Internet of Things solutions as well as public safety solutions. There are multiple application programming interfaces (API) that can be downloaded and connected to emergency services. Examples of APIs from RapidSOS include Location API, Static Flow API, and Multimedia API.

The product for public safety is a centralized clearing house. When an emergency is reported, data is sent from connected devices via Apple, Google, Uber, MedicAlert, and more. That data arrives at the RapidSOS Portal where emergency services can respond appropriately with the given information rather than relying solely on analogue voice call.

Timeline

February 2021
RapidSOS raises a $85,000,000 series C round from Insight Partners (EU) XI, S.C.Sp.
November 2018
RapidSOS raises a $30,000,000 series B round from CSAA Insurance Group, Forté Ventures, Highland Capital Partners, M12, Playground Global and Two Sigma Ventures.
April 2017
RapidSOS raises a $14,000,000 series A round from A3Ventures, Highland Capital Partners, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, Responder Ventures and Two Sigma Ventures.
2015
RapidSOS was founded by Michael Martin and Nicholas Horelik.

Funding rounds

Patents

Further reading

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Author
Link
Type
Date

Central dispatch gets around 30 miscalls a day, what to do if you accidentally call 911

Brittney Buti

Web

February 5, 2020

RapidSOS enhances ability to pinpoint wireless 911 calls

Jason Plautz

Web

February 27, 2020

RapidSOS, an emergency response data provider, raises $30M as it grows from 10K users to 250M

Ingrid Lunden

Web

November 6, 2018

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

RapidSOS - Transformative Technology To Save Lives (Short)

January 12, 2018

News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
Richard Dal Porto
July 27, 2021
TechCrunch
Hello friends and welcome to Daily Crunch, bringing you the most important startup, tech and venture capital news in a single package.
Walter Thompson
July 27, 2021
TechCrunch
In a four-part series, Managing Editor Danny Crichton tells the story of RapidSOS, the company that processes more than half of all 911 calls made each year in the U.S.
Danny Crichton
July 27, 2021
TechCrunch
When it comes to user-interface design, 911 is about as good as it gets. It's the "most recognized number in the United States," Steve Souder, a prominent 911 leader, points out.
Danny Crichton
July 27, 2021
TechCrunch
For the founders of RapidSOS, improving the quality of emergency response by adding useful data, like location, to 911 calls was an inspiring objective, and one that garnered widespread support.
Danny Crichton
July 27, 2021
TechCrunch
One of the most challenging aspects of leading a startup is the seeming impossibility of building partnerships and executing business development. Large companies are sclerotic and bureaucratic, taking eons in terms of startup years to make decisions that for them are small, but for a new company, can be life itself. Every startup ultimately needs [...]
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