Next Generation 911

By Dave Muoio November 7, 2018
Less than half a year after its prior investment announcement, RapidSOS, a startup looking to update emergency response systems with its data collection platform, has raised another $30 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Playground Global, with additional participation from Highland Capital Partners, M12, Two Sigma Ventures, Forte Ventures, The Westly Group and CSAA IG. RapidSOS...
By Dave Muoio August 14, 2018
Carbyne, an Israeli firm looking to digitally update emergency response systems, has raised $15 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Elsted Capital Partners, with participation from strategic investor Founders Fund. According to the announcement, Carbyne — which was founded in 2014 and is backed by former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak —will be using these new funds to build its...
By Jonah Comstock June 19, 2018
Apple has announced a partnership with RapidSOS that will allow iPhones to more easily send detailed location data to first responders in the event of an emergency, the Cupertino tech giant announced yesterday.  “Communities rely on 911 centers in an emergency, and we believe they should have the best available technology at their disposal,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. “When every...
By Jonah Comstock August 11, 2014
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai Last week, the FCC passed an order accelerating its text-to-911 roll out by requiring all carriers, as well as certain dedicated texting apps, to support text-to-911 by the end of the year. However, two members of the commission, Ajit Pai and Michael O'Reilly, dissented from the order, suggesting that because the public safety answering points (PSAPs) that process 911...
By Aditi Pai February 5, 2014
Crisis Text Line, a 24-7 texting hotline for teenagers who need help, aims to make aggregate data from its program, which show near real-time patterns for people in crisis, available to the public this spring, according to a report in the New York Times. The data will be analyzed through a partnership with the MIT Media Lab. The Crisis Text Line program offers young people free access to the...