Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Wearable technology provides data link to emergency services

Steve Rogerson
August 17, 2017



Five wearables companies – WiseWear, Fusar, Kairos, Lumenus and Roar for Good – have partnered with New York based RapidSOS to provide a data link to US emergency services from their wearable products.
 
The partnerships will allow users to connect to 9-1-1 through the push of a panic button or by detection from a wearable device during a crash or medical emergency.
 
"Our mission is to build transformative technology to save lives," said Michael Martin, CEO and co-founder of RapidSOS. "By partnering with innovative wearable companies, we are enhancing access to emergency services for people nationwide, allowing for faster response and improved emergency outcomes."
 
The 9-1-1 systems today can immediately identify and locate landline calls in emergency situations. Yet, calls from mobile phones often cannot be precisely located by these systems and callers typically must speak their location and other information to get the help they need.
 
The RapidSOS platform links data from multiple sensors on wearable devices — including real-time health information, precise location, emergency type and stored user profile information – to 9-1-1 and first responders during an emergency.
 
What previously were limited to a voice conversation and limited data are now transformed into a data link. The result is 9-1-1 call takers receive the information they need to dispatch appropriate help, first responders have situational awareness, and users can receive emergency help faster during an emergency.
 
"WiseWear is excited to start equipping our customers with advanced emergency data services backed by RapidSOS in order to better keep our customers safe and secure during crucial moments in their lives," said Jerry Wilmink, CEO and founder of WiseWear.
 
RapidSOS is partnering with leading technology companies to link wearables, connected cars, mobile phones and IoT sensors directly to 9-1-1 and first responders.
 
"Nothing is more important to us than reducing assaults and empowering women," said Anthony Gold, co-founder of Roar for Good. “It drives everything we do at Roar, and that's why we chose RapidSOS as our 9-1-1 integration partner.”
 
Formed in 2012 and backed by Silicon Valley technologists, RapidSOS is developing technology to predict and pre-empt emergencies before they occur, dynamically warn people in harm's way, and link data from connected devices to first responders in an emergency.