SA’s RapidDeploy Raises $12 Million to Accelerate Growth of its Cloud-Aided Emergency Dispatch Platform


RapidDeploy, a cloud-based software firm that enables public safety officials to reduce emergency response times and improve situational awareness, has raised $12 million in Series A financing led by GreatPoint Ventures and Samsung NEXT.

Launched in South Africa, RapidDeploy is now headquarted in the United States.

“We are excited to partner with seasoned technology investors who have proven experience in scaling software and technology,” said Steven Raucher, RapidDeploy CEO and co-founder. “RapidDeploy is on a mission to democratize public safety and will now enter a new stage of growth.”

Ray Lane, Managing Partner at GreatPoint Ventures and former President and COO of Oracle, will join RapidDeploy’s Board of Directors.

The funds will help the firm to deploy cloud-based dispatch technologies to enable public safety organizations to perform faster and seamlessly across jurisdictions.

“Together with RapidDeploy, Samsung is building the first-responder technology of the future,” said Raymond Liao, VP and Ventures Managing Director at Samsung NEXT.  “We are excited about RapidDeploy’s products and first-responder culture, which complement Samsung’s end-to-end solution to public safety including smart devices and public safety LTE infrastructure demanded by emergency service providers.”

Last August, AT&T announced that it was teaming up with RapidDeploy to provide 9-1-1 centers access to RapidDeploy’s cloud-based platform.