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A recent finding from research firm Frost & Sullivan: Investment in next-generation 911 technology in the U.S. will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.6 percent through 2026, hitting $1.07 billion as governments replace legacy systems. 

The pandemic is playing a role in that growth, driving home the importance of cloud-based and Internet protocol emergency response technologies and bringing more speed and accuracy to 911 operations. 

A new digital network will enable public safety agencies in the US to access some of the most cutting-edge emergency response technology on the market. Eventually, this will provide a seamless, cloud-based platform that helps 911 operators and first responders do their jobs more efficiently, which in turn can help save lives.

The RapidSOS Partner Network developed by the startup RapidSOS connects software providers with emergency communication centers such as 911 operations, enabling those professionals to access technology related to medical data, drones, body cameras, 3D indoor mapping, building access, and related areas. 

Through the Network, public safety agencies can access and decide to buy software from various providers, which would aid with emergency responses by, say, displaying relevant medical data for an accident victim in a way that conforms to standards of triage. 

The goal is to provide via one standard platform the information needed to better help with emergency response, with data ordered in a way that doesn’t lead to an unhelpful firehose of facts, which might serve to confuse or otherwise delay those responses, according to govtech.com.