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Edgybees Ltd., an Israel-based startup, has developed the First Response app to enhance the awareness of responders in emergency situations, by layering 3-D mapping and other data onto live video feeds from drones, airplanes, wearable devices, and cars.
While existing drone videos were already providing visual imagery to first responders, they were not capable of helping them make sense of what they were seeing and determining crucial information, like identifying the location of distress signals, the placement of power lines and the positions of other first responders.
According to Edgybees, the First Response suite contains 3 software tools that enhance the situational awareness of pilots and commanders:
Edgybees’s augmented reality software layers maps and data with this information onto videos in real-time, providing the first responders with a clearer picture of what is going on to help them better manage the crisis.
First Response was successfully used in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma to map and identify distress calls in flooded areas and the Northern California fires to keep firefighters out of harm’s way last October.
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This lifesaving augmented-reality app — designed only months before as an AR racing game for drone enthusiasts — is now used by dozens of U.S. fire and police departments, as well as the United Hatzalah emergency response network in Israel ... and they are just getting started.
Some investors of the $5 million startup Edgybees raised to help first responders include Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, Verizon Ventures, 8VC, NFX, Aspect Ventures and Israeli crowdfunding platform OurCrowd.
Aside from using the seed funding to bring its technology to areas such as defense, security, smart cities, urban planning, construction, automotive, and broadcast media, Edgybees plans to create a platform to enable developers to create their applications shortly.
Learn more at https://edgybees.com/first-response/