Stage 5: Scaling
Beacon is now being used to alert and coordinate local emergency response networks in 14 countries, supporting programs from rural fire departments to national ambulance services.
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Despite the rapid global proliferation of mobile phone connectivity, nearly 80% of the world's population can't call for emergency help when needed. And even if they can, local emergency response networks are hindered by having adequate communications solutions to alert, coordinate and track response activities.
Further compounding the problem is the fact that legacy emergency communications solutions are inappropriate and/or too expensive for all but the most advanced response services.
We developed Beacon, a text message-based emergency dispatch platform designed specifically for resource-limited settings that makes it possible to alert, coordinate and monitor emergency response networks anywhere there’s a mobile phone signal — with or without internet. Beacon works as a wireless emergency alert system and automates the dispatching process by guiding the nearest available emergency care providers to quickly locate, treat, and transport emergency victims.
- Formal emergency responders (firefighters, EMTs, paramedics) in resource-limited settings
- NGOs responsible for emergency care and transport
- Disaster response agencies and organizations
- Ministries of Health
- Community groups
Mission and Vision
Our mission is to reduce premature death and disability from preventable emergency conditions by improving access to emergency care and transport, irrespective of socio-economic status.
Our vision is that emergency response groups with active operations that implement our solution can ensure that 90% of callers requesting emergency assistance in covered communities will be attended to by trained responders within 10 minutes in population centers, and within 30 minutes in rural communities.
Beacon is a text message-based emergency dispatching platform designed specifically for communities where advanced "911" dispatching technologies are inappropriate or unaffordable. Beacon works by relaying requests for emergency assistance from the scene of an emergency via text message to nearby trained community responders, and then provides end-to-end resource coordination in order to ensure patients are located quickly, stabilized, and transported to appropriate facilities.
With the new release of Beacon v4.0, emergency response groups are now able to design, test, and launch
their own emergency communications systems on their own in less than 30 minutes, anywhere there’s a mobile phone signal, ultimately enabling more robust participation from local
responders and volunteers during emergency events and in austere environments.
Do-It-Yourself -- Design, test, launch and be ready to scale your own communications platform in less than 30 minutes
Editable Maps -- Use editing tools to give responders real-time map updates through the Beacon mobile app
GPS Tracking -- Know where emergency crews are and what they’re up to with GPS tracking
Mixed Dispatching -- Assign specific response units to an incident and/or crowdsource the closest responders
SMS Compatiblity -- Works on any mobile phone, using push notifications when Internet’s available and SMS alerts when it isn’t
Real-Time Reports -- Real-time performance reports for individual responders, incidents, and aggregate performance
Destination Tracking -- Add local destination facilities, whether hospitals or evacuation shelters
Planned Goals and Milestones
There are three way we're working to expand the use of Beacon:
- Expand the coverage and number of responders in existing programs
- Attract new partners to our platform
- Seek out turn-key ready partners for “over-the-top” implementation
|Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted||2,000,000,000|
|New Feature||Group chat messaging; custom call codes|