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EmergenSee, Inc. licenses wireless emergency reporting system technology from University of South Florida

July 09, 2014

Licensing agreement with USF strengthens accomplishments in the area of wireless safety

TAMPA, Fla. – The University of South Florida (USF) has exclusively licensed its Wireless Emergency Reporting System technology, US Patent 8,045,954, to EmergenSee, Inc., a leader in mobile technology that enables users to turn a smartphone or tablet into a personal security system.

EmergenSee's technology instantly streams live video, audio, and GPS location and movement information to a user's pre-selected contacts when threatening or potentially dangerous situations are encountered. With one tap, the user's contacts can immediately see, hear and follow an incident as it unfolds, enabling a swift response with immediate help. EmergenSee's security system is currently being used by individuals and numerous colleges, universities, businesses and governmental agencies.

"Our exclusive licensing agreement with USF strengthens our company's accomplishments in the area of wireless safety," said Phil Reitnour, founder and chairman of EmergenSee, Inc. "We anticipate that further development of the university's revolutionary technology will enhance EmergenSee's ability to effectively help people in threatening or dangerous situations with just one tap."

The licensed technology was developed by Sean Barbeau, Philip Winters, and Nevine Georggi at USF's Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) and Rafael Perez and Miguel Labrador with USF Computer Science and Engineering. It enables a host, such as law enforcement officials, to access information gathered by the public and willingly shared with authorities. Mobile devices with cameras allow the instant capture and remote submission of suspicious circumstances to law enforcement through pictures or video.

The patented technology provides the responding party with a visual representation of the situation, as well as information such as time, date, voice recordings, and physical location of the reporting party via GPS or other positioning technologies. Privacy is protected, since information is only sent to authorities with the user's permission.

The USF system also has a "reverse 911" component. When a threat to the public or individuals is identified, the host can instantly relay a message to individuals with mobile devices in a certain geographic area, potentially saving lives.

"EmergenSee is the ideal choice to develop and use this technology that my colleagues and I pioneered here at the University of South Florida," said Barbeau. "I am very pleased to have secured a license with a company so dedicated to personal security." 

About the University of South Florida 
The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is a Top 50 research university among both public and private institutions nationwide in total research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation. Serving nearly 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference and a Charter Member Institution of the National Academy of Inventors. www.usf.edu 

About EmergenSee, Inc.
EmergenSee is a mobile technology security company. It has created a revolutionary technology that converts your smartphone into a personal security system that instantly streams live video, audio, and GPS location and movement information to preset contacts in an emergency situation. For more information, visit www.emergensee.com or contact Sandra Frick, 610-574-7787.

Media contact: Lauren Golin, 813-974-0102, lgolin@usf.edu.