Updated May 24, 2019

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Beacon Emergency Dispatch Platform

Text message-based emergency medical dispatching for resource-limited settings and austere environments ("911 where there is none")
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Jason Friesen

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Stage 5: Scaling

Beacon is now active in seven countries, supporting programs from small communities to national services.

Registered as a Non-Profit in United States.

Focus Areas:

Health, Disaster Risk Reduction, Response Technologies and 3 MoreSEE ALL

Health, Disaster Risk Reduction, Response Technologies, Community Transport Models, Communication with Communities and GIS/MappingSEE LESS

Implemented In:

Dominican Republic, Tanzania, Argentina and 6 MoreSEE ALL

Dominican Republic, Tanzania, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Costa Rica, United States, Guatemala and MalawiSEE LESS

Countries Implemented In
Funds Raised to Date
Verified Funding

Innovation Description

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 v3.0, 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.

Competitive Advantage

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:
  1. Expand the coverage and number of responders in existing programs
  2. Attract new partners to our platform
  3. Seek out turn-key ready partners for “over-the-top” implementation
Funding Goal250,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted2,000,000,000
New FeatureGroup chat messaging; custom call codes


Oct 2018
New Country Implemented In
Aug 2018
New Country Implemented In
Jul 2018
New Country Implemented In
United States
Oct 2014
Funds RaisedPENDING
TITLEBeacon v2.0 development and implementation
IMPLEMENTED INDominican Republic and Tanzania
Jan 2013
Date Unknown