GeoComm and Rave Mobile Safety Partner to Provide Critical Facilities Data to Emergency Responders


Summary:  GeoComm Will Integrate Rave Mobile Safety’s Smart911Facility Into Its 9-1-1 GIS Solution to Enable Public Safety Agencies to Easily Collect, Manage and Access Indoor Information

Indianapolis, Ind., June 13, 2016:  From the National Emergency Number Association’s (NENA) 2016 annual conference, GeoComm, a leading provider of geographic information and communication systems, and Rave Mobile Safety (Rave), the trusted creator of innovative public safety data and communication software, today announced a partnership that will create a first-of-its-kind software solution for enhancing indoor location information. The integrated offering will enable public safety agencies to more easily source, validate and utilize critical facilities information in a NG9-1-1 compliant format.

To date, time consuming, manual processes have limited the ability of public safety agencies to effectively gather and access information about the large number of facilities in their jurisdictions. Floor plans, alarm data, key holder information and other data, if collected at all, are not kept up-to-date and rarely make it into the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) or field responders.

“We are proud to work with a respected GIS leader like GeoComm on this solution,” said Todd Piett, chief product officer at Rave Mobile Safety. “While supporting thousands of agencies we’ve seen time and time again how valuable contextual information can be when provided to the call taker, dispatcher and first responders. By simplifying the process of collecting and delivering information about a facility, we are improving responder safety and speeding the process of getting help to those in need.”

GeoComm’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used by thousands of 9-1-1 call takers, dispatchers and emergency responders on a daily basis to view the location of emergency incidents and to navigate to the scene. Rave Mobile Safety’s Smart911Facility gives emergency personnel critical data about the facility to which they are responding, including floor plans, access codes and utility locations. The new, joint solution will enable GeoComm systems to utilize Rave’s Smart911Facility feature as a standards compliant, NG9-1-1 Additional Data Repository (ADR) to stream indoor facilities information into GeoComm map displays used when handling emergency calls.

“This exciting new product and service offering from GeoComm and Rave will add additional layers of mission critical information to our map displays,” said John Brosowsky, vice president of product management & innovation at GeoComm. “Indoor locations for mobile 9-1-1 callers will soon be a reality thanks to new rules enacted by the FCC last year. As these indoor location technologies improve and roll out, the next step is to provide responders with actionable information they need to quickly and effectively respond to the identified location.”

At NENA 2016, GeoComm and Rave Mobile Safety will co-present an educational session, “The Next Frontier for GIS: Indoors” on Wednesday, June 15, at 11:00 a.m. ET. Presenters will share indoor location test results performed at St. Cloud State University and explore what indoor mapping may look like in the PSAP of the future.

For more information about 3D and indoor mapping for 9-1-1, contact indoor911@geo-comm.com  or stop by booth #420 at NENA 2016 in Indianapolis on June 13th-14th.

Smart911Facility is a feature of the Rave Public Safety Platform, which provides first responders and PSAPs with more intelligence about the emergency situation to which they are responding. Smart911Facility and entire portfolio of Rave solutions are available for demonstration at NENA 2016 at the Rave booth, #130.

About GeoComm: GeoComm (www.geo-comm.com) was founded in 1995 to provide county governments with turnkey emergency 9-1-1 development services. Over the subsequent 20 years, the company has grown to serve more than 12,000 dispatchers in 800 emergency 9-1-1 call centers in the United States, helping to keep more than 84 million people safe. Today, GeoComm has a national reputation as a leading provider of geographic information and communication systems. The company’s systems route emergency calls to the appropriate call center, map the caller’s location on call taker or dispatcher maps, and guide emergency responders to the scene of the incident on mobile displays within police, fire and ambulance vehicles.

About Rave Mobile Safety: Rave Mobile Safety is the most trusted safety software partner, providing innovative communication software for better emergency preparedness and faster response. Used by leading education institutes, enterprises and state and local public safety agencies, the award-winning portfolio of Rave Alert, Rave Guardian, Eyewitness, Rave Panic Button, Smart911 and SmartPrepare protects millions of individuals. Rave Mobile Safety is headquartered in Framingham, Mass. For more information, please visit http://www.ravemobilesafety.com.