Private firm deploys 911-type app in 30 cities

PRIVATELY held Pure Force and Rescue (PF&R) Corp. announced on April 5 it has deployed a nationwide emergency call application and emergency dispatching system across 30 cities in the country.

In a statement by PF&R, the company said the app was built upon the safety and infrastructure software of Swedish firm Hexagon AB (Aktiebolag). The technology helps police, fire and rescue and emergency medical services agencies decrease response times and manage incidents and emergencies, according to PF&R. The company said government agencies using the app include the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, the Philippine National Police and the Bureau of Fire Protection.

The company said it is “in the process of donating the software to every city and plans on leveraging more of Hexagon’s suite of solutions to expand its coverage nationwide.” The company said the “public can now call for help from a single emergency number or from PF&R’s citizen mobile app irrespective of the city in which they are located.”

PF&R said Hexagon’s software was tested in the field during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Manila last year. The police were given with a Hexagon app that allowed them “to access real-time data and gain situational awareness.” 

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