New Start-Up for DHS Wearable Technology Accelerator

080730-N-5277R-003 ATSUGI, Japan (July 30, 2008) A Commander, Naval Forces Japan firefighter douses a fire on a dummy aircraft during the annual off-station mishap drill at Naval Support Facility Kamiseya. Emergency response and rescue teams were tasked with putting out a simulated fire, and rescuing two personnel from a plane crash scene. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Seaman Barry Riley (Released)

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Vault RMS, the company behind the platform that tracks firefighters’ exposure to toxic substances, announced earlier this month that it was accepted into the Department of Homeland Security’s 2016 EMERGE accelerator program, which focuses on dual-use wearable technology for first responders. Wearable technologies can vary from a smartwatch to a heart-rate sensing fabric, etc.

The goal of the EMERGE program is to identify and help develop startups involving wearable technologies for first responders, including sensors, protective equipment and communications devices. Participants in the EMERGE accelerator program receive early market validation and testing opportunities provided by the department, they also have insider access to other markets for their businesses via a variety of government sector partners.

Vault RMS was co-founded in 2013 by Chris Memmott and Clive Savacool. Savacool served in the fire service starting in 1996. The two developed the Vault Exposure Tracker and have raised $1.3 million seed funding in August this year.

Other participants in the 2016 EMERGE program include Lumenus, which produces LED lights-embedded clothing that improves the visibility of industrial workers, and HAAS Alert, a mobile vehicle-to-vehicle communications platform that sends out digital signals along with sirens to people on the road.

Now in its second year, the Emerge 2016 – Wearable Technology Accelerator Program selected only 10 startups from over 260 applicants. According to, Vault RMS was chosen as one of them because of its unique platform, which uses data sources in order to help firefighters monitor what their bodies are exposed to and help them manage the risks of work-induced diseases that plague the first responders’ community.

The security accelerator of the Israeli company iHLS, operating at the Lighthouse start-ups scalerator in Ra’anana, has opened registration to its second cycle of the program. Innovative start-ups focusing on all security-oriented technologies are invited to apply.

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