BEACON is an open-source, text message-based emergency medical dispatching platform designed by Trek Medics International, and 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.
Right now there are 4-5 billion mobile phone subscribers in the developing world who have no way to call for help in the event of an emergency using a 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]
Developed in partnership with Vision Point Systems (Blacksburg, VA), Beacon mimics the conventional emergency dispatch technologies used in the wealthiest 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.