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How ROAR’s Wireless Panic Button Partnership with RapidSOS Safeguards Employees with Best-in-Class Technology

Connecting Life-Saving Data to 911 with a Push of a Button

Over the past several years workplace violence incidents have increased at an alarming rate. In a wide-ranging study conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) between 1992 and 2019, there was a staggering 25% increase in nonfatal incidents of workplace violence, accounting for 9.2 violent crimes per 1000 workers. 

With the increase in these daily threats to workers comes the need for safety solutions to protect employees, ones that call for help quickly, accurately and provide people with access to life-saving help. Since 2013 ROAR has been providing these life-saving solutions to people across a variety of industries including healthcare and hospitality with a dual-patented panic button technology that creates a field of safety in and around facilities, ensuring help is called exactly when and where it is needed. Continuously innovating to address the rising threat to employees, ROAR looked to RapidSOS, a world-class 911 intelligent safety platform for further enhancement functionality to the ROAR panic button solution. 

Every day, RapidSOS connects life-saving data from 540+ million devices across industries to over 1 million first responders. RapidSOS software is used by 99% of 911 centers across the country supporting over 171M emergencies in 2023. Built alongside public safety, RapidSOS has over 500 years of combined public safety experience. Given this best-in-class solution, RapidSOS was the ideal partner to collaborate with in development of the ROAR 911 panic button solution. 

 

“We implemented 911 functionality based on feedback from our customers who wanted to ensure their workers were able to receive emergency response help. The ROAR panic button provides workers with the ability to call 911 quickly, efficiently and with 100% reliability. Whether it’s for a medical emergency, a workplace violence incident, or a robbery, the ROAR 911 panic button provides a lifeline for staff adding a layer of security to your facility,” said ROAR co-founder and CEO Yasmine Mustafa. “Our mission is to empower people through technology to create safer organizations, and this new launch enables us to do just that, quickly and easily.” 

 

 According to RapidSOS Chief Revenue Officer, Indranil Chatterjee, “RapidSOS and ROAR are united in our commitment to empowering safer, stronger communities with intelligent, data-driven emergency response worldwide. Together with our RapidSOS Ready Emergency Community, we’re providing people with an added layer of safety and security, and we’re supporting our heroic first responders across 171 million emergencies annually.” 

 

How it Works 

ROAR’s 911 Panic Buttons call for help with a simple press and hold the button, providing the employee’s exact location, site phone number and entry instructions to RapidSOS’s call center. Beyond location information, RapidSOS also supports sharing emergency intelligence data to increase the amount of data first responders can obtain during a call. This empowers faster and more effective emergency responses and provides first responders with the critical information they need to protect lives. 

 

Providing an added layer of protection for at-risk workers across a variety of industries including healthcare and hospitality, ROAR + RapidSOS give employees peace of mind knowing that their calls for help are escalated to emergency services quickly without reaching for a phone.  

  • Healthcare—Healthcare providers can utilize ROAR’s panic buttons in a variety of locations as they provide care to their patients. They can be invaluable for doctors’ offices, labs, rehabilitation centers, women’s reproductive clinics, health centers providing gender affirming care, and numerous other settings. 
  • Behavioral health—Therapists, counselors, and psychologists often find themselves in one-on-one working environments with their patients. It is estimated 1 in 4 mental health workers have called the police for protection from a client. Additionally, psychiatric wards, mental health facilities, and addiction treatment centers can benefit to protect front line workers who may be at risk of dangerous outbursts or physical attacks. 
  • Hotels— This can apply to front-desk staff, room attendants, housekeepers, maintenance personnel, and valets who are often alone or isolated. 

 

A wide variety of workplaces now benefit from ROAR’s 911 panic button solution, including a retail chain in New York City with a large volume of foot traffic, multiple hotels serving Anaheim, CA’s biggest tourist attractions like Disneyland and the Convention Center as well as recovery centers, mental health providers, and medical facilities throughout the U.S. 

ROAR Panic Button Solutions offer unwavering protection for employees, guests, and visitors. Your safety is our mission.  To learn more: [Get a Demo] 

About Author

Yasmine Mustafa

Yasmine Mustafa believes ROAR found her, not the other way around. A former refugee and undocumented immigrant, she draws upon her unique life experiences to lead ROAR in its mission to empower and protect workers across all industries. Her journey is a testament to resilience and unwavering commitment. With over 15 years of leadership in the tech industry, including the successful sale of her first company, 123LinkIt, to a firm in Silicon Valley in 2009, Yasmine is a driving force for positive change, balancing profits with purpose. Yasmine’s workplace safety advocacy and leadership have earned recognition from the BBC, CNBC’s Upstart 100 and the City of Philadelphia. Yasmine is a highly sought-after conference speaker. A two-time TEDx speaker, Yasmine has also presented at the prestigious SXSW and CES conferences, sharing her deep passion for harnessing technology for positive change. Beyond her professional life, Yasmine enjoys time spent with friends and family, exploring the outdoors, biking, and hiking. She also dedicates her time to the boards of Coded by Kids, Leadership Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies.

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