Blockchain 911 Service Aims To Help The Fallen Get Up – ICO Soonbr>
An estimated four billion people don’t have access to a 9-1-1 dispatch center. To tackle this, Marina del Rey, California-based Guardian Circle is launching the world’s first blockchain-based emergency response platform to give anyone instant access to a pool of emergency responders.
Current emergency response services, if available, often take too long to answer emergency calls. Emergency centers might not be conveniently located to the emergency situation, escalating the risk of danger for the caller seeking help. By sending an alert through Guardian Circle, users will notify pre-selected “citizen rescuers” who can coordinate help in any emergency. Those volunteers will be rewarded in cryptocurrency with Guardium, the company’s new token.The platform will feature an open API capable of plugging into any device to turn it into an Internet of Things (IoT) alert system and a token rewards system.
Guardian Circle plans to launch its Guardium public token sale in November.
“The emergency response system being used by governments today is broken,” said Mark Jeffrey, CEO of Guardian Circle. “Our platform empowers communities, because it makes certain a person in an emergency situation has access to rescuers in their community right away.”
Jeffrey talked with Block Tribune to give us the 411 about about his new 911 service.
BLOCK TRIBUNE: Explain how you qualify “citizen rescuers” – how are they recruited and vetted?
MARK JEFFREY: We will perform a base level of security check on anyone who applies to become a Responder in our marketplace. We’ll make sure they are who they say they are via Civic or Netki; we’ll check into claimed EMT certifications, etc. There will also be star ratings and comments from previous customers.
But ultimately, it will be up to the subscriber to decide whether they want to subscribe to this particular Responder as part of their Response Portfolio. We’ll let the market forces sort some of this out. Bad actors will be surfaced and ejected from the system — the same as bad Uber/Lyft drivers.
BLOCK TRIBUNE: Are there any guarantees that come with this – response time, etc.?
MARK JEFFREY: No — not yet. We can’t. It’s ‘best effort’. Even 9-1-1 can’t guarantee anything. Think something along the lines of “The Cajun Navy” response to hurricane Harvey. How we can harness that kind of community-based response globally and ongoing everywhere? That’s what this is about. Providing an intelligence to force-multiple such community-sourced help — and provide an economic model to make it viable long-term.
BLOCK TRIBUNE: Is this launching everywhere, or in select locations?
MARK JEFFREY: Select locations at first. Likely in India, as we have a large partner there.
BLOCK TRIBUNE: What will you do to prevent fraud? I could have my friends and relatives claim to be in distress in order to earn tokens, no?
MARK JEFFREY: We imagine the service to be a subscription for availability. So some small amount of Guardium is paid monthly. So it is not “per event”, hence the kind of fraud you’re contemplating can’t happen.
BLOCK TRIBUNE: What are the liability issues?