google.org logoGoogle.org has awarded Trek Medics International a $250,000 seed grant to continue developing their innovative solutions for 9-1-1 emergency dispatching in the developing world. Trek Medics, a NYC-based nonprofit startup, improves emergency medical systems in developing countries without reliable access to formal ambulance services. The grant from Google.org will fund the next version of Trek Medics’ innovative dispatching software, Beacon, a text message-based emergency telecommunications system designed specifically for communities that can’t afford advanced “9-1-1” technologies. The 18-month seed funding will also cover startup and training costs for two pilot projects in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, with additional funding, resources and personnel provided by local governmental partners and telecom operators.

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