RapidSOS Raises $30M to Expand Emergency Data Platform

The New York-based startup’s software sends location and other data automatically from enabled devices to emergency responders. The latest funding round brings its total amount raised up to $65 million.

by / November 6, 2018

RapidSOS, a New York-based startup that makes software to automatically transmit data from 911 callers to emergency responders, announced Tuesday that it raised $30 million in Series B funding.

According to the company’s website, that funding will advance the work RapidSOS has been doing for the past six months, including the development of software to automatically send a 911 caller’s location and other crucial data to responders in an emergency; enabling that technology on devices and software from Apple, Google, Microsoft, Uber and Waze; working with more than 30 public-safety software vendors to integrate rich data into their systems; and expanding the reach of RapidSOS’ most popular product, NG911Clearinghouse, which is used by more than 1,500 public safety agencies in the U.S. covering upward of 180 million people.

The latest round, led by Silicon Valley firm Playground Global, brought the total investment behind RapidSOS’ platform to $65 million. RapidSOS’ website calls this total “one of the largest R&D investments in public safety technology in recent history.”

Michael Martin, CEO and co-founder of RapidSOS, told techcrunch.com the investment will help the startup meet demand, since it grew last year from 10,000 users to 250 million as it acquired partners and clients around the country.

RapidSOS’ website says IoT partners use its platform to send data to an ambulance from wearable devices, vehicles, phones and smoke- or air-sensing devices.