Atlanta, GA, April 17, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Guardian Watch™, a Georgia based company, responds to the Firefighter Hostage Stand-Off in Gwinnett County, GA on April 10th, 2013. Dr. Gordon Jones, CEO and founder, commends public safety officials and emergency responders for dissolving an intense situation with a gunman.
“First responders and public safety officials dedicate themselves to serving and protecting its communities,” said Jones. “However, prepare and respond has a new meaning in situations like the incident in Gwinnett County where a faux 911 call put first responders in the hands of a gunman.”
On the afternoon of April 10, 2013, Gwinnett County public safety responded to a 911 emergency at a residence. After initial entry into the resident’s home, the firefighters were taken hostage at gunpoint resulting in the death of the suspect. This situation is not unlike the ambush of firefighters who responded to a blaze in New York last December.
Guardian Watch™ (GW) is the developer of the first cloud-based mobile platform that connects citizens directly to public safety officials and emergency response teams to better prepare and respond to incidents. In light of these recent notable cases involving the members of neighborhood watch groups, providing citizens the tools necessary to communicate effectively when reporting a crime or experiencing an emergency has become an urgent duty to Jones. “A neighborhood watch is not a vigilante organization, nor should it strive to be,” says Jones. “Instead, members of these groups and other residents should work closely with local public safety officials and law enforcement agencies to best ensure the safety of the community as a whole and all its citizens as individuals.”
With the new Vicinity Based Alert Notification™ system embedded in the existing Guardian Watch™ application, members will be able to receive alerts by SMS, email, or even an automated phone call when an emergency report is made within a specified area around them. This will allow the member to make an informed decision such as avoid the area, flee the scene, or even respond if the person has a special skill such as CPR.
Jones is confident that his application will enable responsible citizens to play an active role in the protection of their families and neighbors from potentially threatening situations. Says Jones, "Guardian Watch™ allows users to stream live video from a safe distance without putting themselves in danger at the scene of a crime, fire, or other emergency. Many instances in which citizens find themselves in harm’s way may be avoided with this revolutionary tool. Guardian Watch™ even offers Safety Guides specifically educating our members on topics such as Neighborhood Watch Groups and Preparedness."
For more information, please visit www.guardianwatch.com.
About Guardian Watch™
Guardian Watch™ is a multi-platform application revolutionizing emergency response and reporting, and community safety. Guardian Watch™ enables users to report and stream live video that is immediately viewable by emergency respondents and public safety organizations, arming them with valuable information that can help prevent crime and save lives during emergencies and disasters. Guardian Watch™ is a trusted resource for neighborhood watch groups and other public safety organizations, offering users alerts of reported incidents in their immediate area, fostering a safe and secure environment within local communities in the Guardian Watch™ network. Winner of the 2010 New Ideas SC Competition, Guardian Watch™ was the first m911 application in the US; The Guardian Watch™ team were also winners of the 2011 Futurists: BetaLaunch technology and innovation showcase, and invitees to the United Kingdom’s Ministry Office of Security and Counterterrorism INSTINCT program for Human Augmented Technology, Guardian Watch™ helped the Richland County SC Sheriff’s Department earn the 2012 National Sheriffs’ Association Neighborhood Watch Excellence Award for the department’s innovative use of technology. Guardian Watch™ is an advocate for leveraging modern technology to create a better, safer world.