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5 Minutes with a Founder: Peter Woodford on public safety’s biggest challenge

The 5 Minutes with a Founder Series is a collection of short inspiring interviews with the people behind

the technology created to tackle big public problems.

Are you aware that when you call 9-1-1 from your cell phone, they likely don't know your location? While this is no surprise to those working in public safety, almost everyone I tell this to is alarmed by this revelation. I certainly was when I started working in the industry.

While our modern-day devices can send photos, video, and real-time location data, the 9-1-1 system wasn't designed to process that data and deliver it in a form that 9-1-1 professionals can use.

The digital divide between callers and 9-1-1 centers can have devastating consequences for the more than 240 million people that dial 9-1-1 each year. Without access to 21st century telecommunications services like the tech we will talk about in this series, emergency response professionals can lose out on vital information that will help them respond quickly and effectively to an emergency.

In today's article, I would like to introduce the founder behind ELi Technology, a location technology company dedicated to addressing inaccurate location inside multi-story buildings.