CAPE TOWN – South African tech startup RapidDeploy, whose cloud-based software enables public safety officials to reduce emergency response times and improve situational awareness, has raised $ 12 million for Series A funding.
GreatPoint Ventures and Samsung NEXT provided the funding from Round A, allowing RapidDeploy to accelerate the development and deployment of its Cloud Aided Dispatch platform.
Brett Meyerowitz, CTO and co-founder, said: "We are extremely honored to have such influential and experienced partners on board who will not only enable us to grow our existing and highly innovative product and technology teams, but also ourselves help expand the leadership. " Cloud and mobile technologies in the interest of the first responder communities we serve. "
Ray Lane, Managing Partner of GreatPoint Ventures and former President and COO of Oracle, will join the Board of Directors of RapidDeploy.
"We are very pleased to join the RapidDeploy team. Modernizing the first-responder ecosystem with cloud-based delivery technologies will allow public safety organizations to work faster and smoother in all jurisdictions, "said Lane.
"Together with RapidDeploy, Samsung is building the first-responder technology of the future," said Raymond Liao, Vice President and Ventures Managing Director of Samsung NEXT.
"We are excited about the RapidDeploy products and first-responder culture that complements Samsung's end-to-end public safety solution, including smart devices and public safety LTE infrastructure required by emergency services providers . "
Developed by first-responders, RapidDeploy uses advanced cloud-based technology that addresses the key challenges faced by emergency service providers, who are often hampered by the infrastructure of older companies. RapidDeploy's Cloud Aided DispatchTM technology is more reliable, faster to deploy, less expensive, and provides more interfaces and capabilities than out-of-date, on-premise, computer-based dispatch software.
Last August, AT & T announced that it had partnered with RapidDeploy to provide access to the cloud-based platform of RapidDeploy for 9-1-1 centers. Since then, RapidDeploy has assembled a core team of leaders in the US security industry who want to drive innovation and improve emergency communications. Earlier this year, the headquarters was opened in downtown Austin, TX.
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