Respond to Emergencies from any Phone

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Improve Emergency Care Anywhere

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Beacon has been developed with generous funding from:

Google.org Awards Trek Medics Global Impact Award
Twilio.org awards Trek Medics Impact Fund grant

And in collaboration with:

Vision Point Systems

About Beacon Emergency Dispatch

BEACON is an open-source, text message-based emergency medical dispatching platform designed by Trek Medics International specifically for communities where consistent ambulance response is not available. By relaying requests for assistance from the scene of an emergency to trained responders throughout the community via text message, Beacon enables the nearest available emergency care providers to quickly locate, treat, and transport emergency victims to local hospitals.

AN URGENT NEED FOR INNOVATION Right now there are 4-5 billion mobile phone subscribers across the globe who have no way to call for help in the event of an emergency using a simple number like 9-1-1. Yet, according to the World Bank, “Nowhere is the demand for efficient communication and rapid transportation more critical than in emergency medical care.”[i]

ABOUT THE PLATFORM Developed in partnership with Vision Point Systems (Blacksburg, VA), Beacon mimics the conventional emergency dispatch technologies used by the most advanced emergency systems, but relies on personal devices to offer a cost-effective solution that’s both scalable and sustainable. [i] Kobusingye O, Hyder A, Bishai D, et al. “Emergency Medical Services.” In: Jamison D, ed. Disease Control Priorities Project. 2011 Chap. 68, p.1261–1279.

Beacon Features

Easy Set Up

Access Beacon remotely through our servers or have it installed locally

Scalable

Use Beacon as a standalone dispatch platform or integrate it into existing systems

Interoperable

Beacon works on any mobile phone, using push notifications when you have internet, or SMS when you don’t.

Low Financial Risk

Beacon will lower your communications costs exponentially.

Appropriate Technology

Beacon was designed to work in the most amount places, whether in advanced or basic services.

Customizable

Beacon provides a strong foundation to build the dispatching solution that meets your exact needs.

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Active Use Cases

Whether dispatching for a motor vehicle collision or an expectant mother in labor, in a possible cholera outbreak or to manage the day’s routine referrals, a good dispatching system takes the guesswork out of emergency communications. Beacon achieves this by automating the coordination of emergency resources, making sure the right help is delivered by the right people in the quickest and most effective way possible, every single time.

Click on each photo to learn more about how Beacon is being used today.

Prehospital Emergency Care

©Guillermo Arias, with permission

Emergency Obstetrics

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Disaster Response

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Transfers & Referrals

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Inclusive Services

Beacon Emergency Dispatch for Persons with Disabilities

Disease Outbreak

Patient Transport by Personal Motorcycle
Dial 911 in major cities and tourist spots to call an ambulance in the Dominican Republic

Since we first launched Beacon, the Dominican Republic has been an ideal partner with scores of trained and willing volunteers already responding on some of the world’s most dangerous roads. Beacon promised to make communications a whole lot more effective and efficient.

Dial 112 or 114 to call an ambulance in Tanzania

Led by the indefatigable Dr. Marko Hingi, the Tanzania Rural Health Movement in Mwanza has been using Beacon to pioneer a community-based emergency medical system of moto-taxi drivers, firefighters and community health workers, bringing together a diverse group of responders and coordinating their operations.

Dial 112 or 061 to Find an Ambulance in Spain

Recently launched in several municipalities in the province of Catalonia outside of Barcelona, the civil protection organization, SUREM, is using Beacon to dispatch community volunteers to a range of medical and environmental emergencies.

launch the beacon platform today

Free set up. 1-month trial. SMS and Push Notification formats included.

for iOS or Android

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Send us an email to activate an Agency Account on the Beacon platform

  • Beacon Emergency Dispatch Platform Dashboard v2.4

Please be sure to include:

Your location

How many responders you have

How many incidents you expect each month

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