Updated May 20, 2020

Beacon Emergency Dispatch Platform

https://www.trekmedics.org/beacon/

Jason Friesen

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Text message-based emergency medical dispatching for resource-limited settings and austere environments ("911 where there is none")

Covid-19 Update: Beacon has most recently been deployed in the US to support the delivery of essential goods to at-risk/vulnerable populations (elderly, housebound, disabled) through community-based resource delivery networks. In Minneapolis, MN, Beacon is supporting the work of Metro Meals on Wheels, and in Kitsa County, WA, Beacon is being used a by a consortium of government and nonprofit g...
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Covid-19 Update: Beacon has most recently been deployed in the US to support the delivery of essential goods to at-risk/vulnerable populations (elderly, housebound, disabled) through community-based resource delivery networks. In Minneapolis, MN, Beacon is supporting the work of Metro Meals on Wheels, and in Kitsa County, WA, Beacon is being used a by a consortium of government and nonprofit groups, led by Empact Northwest, to dispatch volunteers around the county to do the same. Beacon is a text message-based emergency dispatching platform designed specifically for communities where advanced "911" dispatching technologies are inappropriate or unaffordable. Beacon works by relaying requests for emergency assistance from the scene of an emergency via text message to nearby trained community responders, and then provides end-to-end resource coordination in order to ensure patients are located quickly, stabilized, and transported to appropriate facilities. With the new release of Beacon v4.0, emergency response groups are now able to design, test, and launch their own emergency communications systems on their own in less than 30 minutes, anywhere there’s a mobile phone signal, ultimately enabling more robust participation from local responders and volunteers during emergency events and in austere environments.
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Stage 5: Scaling

Covid-19 Update: Beacon has most recently been deployed in the US (MN & WA) to support the delivery of essential goods to at-risk/vulnerable populations (elderly, housebound, disabled) through community-based resource delivery networks.
Registered in United States as Non-Profitin United States as Non-Profit

Focus Areas:

Health, Response Technologies, Disaster Risk Reduction and 3 MoreSEE ALL

Health, Response Technologies, Disaster Risk Reduction, Communication with Communities, Community Transport Models and GIS/MappingSEE LESS

Implemented In:

Dominican Republic, Tanzania, Argentina and 8 MoreSEE ALL

Dominican Republic, Tanzania, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Costa Rica, United States, Guatemala, Malawi, Haiti and EcuadorSEE LESS

1
Key Partner
11
Countries Implemented In
5
Employees
$1,850,000
Funds Raised to Date
Verified Funding
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Problem

Despite the rapid global proliferation of mobile phone connectivity, nearly 80% of the world's population can't call for emergency help when needed. And even if they can, local emergency response networks are hindered by having adequate communications solutions to alert, coordinate and track response activities. Further compounding the problem is the fact that legacy emergency communications solutions are inappropriate and/or too expensive for all but the most advanced response services.

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Solution

We developed Beacon, a text message-based emergency dispatch platform designed specifically for resource-limited settings that makes it possible to alert, coordinate and monitor emergency response networks anywhere there’s a mobile phone signal — with or without internet. Beacon works as a wireless emergency alert system and automates the dispatching process by guiding the nearest available emergency care providers to quickly locate, treat, and transport emergency victims.

Target Beneficiaries

- Formal emergency responders (firefighters, EMTs, paramedics) in resource-limited settings - NGOs responsible for emergency care and transport - Disaster response agencies and organizations - Ministries of Health - Community groups

Mission and Vision

Our mission is to reduce premature death and disability from preventable emergency conditions by improving access to emergency care and transport, irrespective of socio-economic status. Our vision is that emergency response groups with active operations that implement our solution can ensure that 90% of callers requesting emergency assistance in covered communities will be attended to by trained responders within 10 minutes in population centers, and within 30 minutes in rural communities.

Competitive Advantage

Do-It-Yourself -- Design, test, launch and be ready to scale your own communications platform in less than 30 minutes Editable Maps -- Use editing tools to give responders real-time map updates through the Beacon mobile app GPS Tracking -- Know where emergency crews are and what they’re up to with GPS tracking Mixed Dispatching -- Assign specific response units to an incident and/or crowdsource the closest responders SMS Compatiblity -- Works on any mobile phone, using push notifications when Internet’s available and SMS alerts when it isn’t Real-Time Reports -- Real-time performance reports for individual responders, incidents, and aggregate performance Destination Tracking -- Add local destination facilities, whether hospitals or evacuation shelters

Planned Goals and Milestones

Due to the overwhelming impact of Covid-19 on EMS agencies around the world, we've begun supporting organizations to dispatch community volunteers to attend to at-risk/vulnerable populations in order to help prevent mild medical conditions from becoming acute medical emergencies, and thus putting more strain on already overwhelmed health systems. In order to further support these efforts, we're modifying existing workflows to be more relevant to delivery-based networks.
Funding Goal150,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted2,000,000,000
New Implemented CountriesUnited States, Mexico
New FeatureModify existing response workflows specifically for multiple delivery locations

Milestone

May 2020
Recognition ReceivedVERIFIED
Apr 2020
Key Partnership
Implementation
ORGANIZATIONMeals on Wheels 
as part of
 Covid-19
Apr 2020
New Product Or Service
Covid-19: Beacon is being used to dispatch community volunteers to deliver essential goods for at-risk/vulnerable populations.
Apr 2015
New Country Implemented In
Dominican Republic
Oct 2014
Funds RaisedPENDING
TITLEBeacon v2.0 development and implementation
TYPEGrant
Implemented InDominican Republic and Tanzania
ORGANIZATIONTwilio.org
Jan 2013
Created

Supporting Materials

Snapshot-Trek-Medics-2020-Eng-orientation-null.pdf
Beacon-Setup-Deck-BizDev-orientation-null.pdf