July 29, 2021

FirstIZRapidSOS 400x275RapidSOS and FIRST iZ have announced a partnership to provide emergency first responders and 911 dispatchers with a system to remotely and autonomously dispatch drones. With the click of a button in the RapidSOS Portal, a drone can be automatically dispatched to the site of any alarms or incidents reported.

The FIRST iZ solution leverages drone technology to enhance emergency responders’ safety and efficiency. The drone is programmed to launch autonomously from FIRST Port, a rugged-weather protected smart enclosure, fly to the incident location, stream live videos, and sniff for hazardous gases. This provides first responders critical information they need, often before emergency personnel arrive on scene.

“This innovative partnership between RapidSOS and FIRST iZ could transform emergency response as we know it,” said Charles Werner, a retired fire chief and director of the DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Alliance. “These industry leaders have prioritized the needs of public safety professionals and their communities, and are uniquely positioned to make a real difference.”

The RapidSOS and FIRST iZ powered by Genesis PULSE solution will become available to emergency communication centers with access to RapidSOS portal in early 2022, the companies said.

“Making the revolutionary FIRST iZ solution accessible to the thousands of RapidSOS-equipped emergency communication centers worldwide is a game-changer for public safety,” said Jim Nipp, president of The Genesis Group. “It allows them to enhance their current dispatch system’s inherent capabilities without requiring a large infrastructure upgrade or technology overhaul. With the power of FIRST iZ and PULSE in partnership with RapidSOS, we are helping reduce response times and save lives.”

For more details on the FIRST iZ system, visit the company’s website here. For more details on RapidSOS, visit this website.

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