Winbourne Consulting partners with digital 911 platform developer Carbyne

27 June 2018

DC-based public safety management and technology consultancy Winbourne Consulting has teamed up with Next Generation 911 (NG911) platform provider Carbyne. Winbourne will now help its clients integrate Carbyne’s leading NG911 call handling platform – which integrates real-time smartphone- enabled video, texting, and accurate location pinpointing.

The shift of emergency callers from landline telephones to wireless smartphones has left emergency services operators less able to accurately pinpoint the location of callers. As well, emergency services aren’t yet fully leveraging the ability of smartphone technology to provide video and GPS locations.

The two biggest resource drains on dispatchers are an unreliable locating system and overwhelming numbers of false reports. Next Generation 911 (or NG911) networks aim to replace narrow 911 networks that only carry voice and limited data with a faster system that integrates digital information including videos, text messages, and accurate location services.

One of the leading providers of NG911 platforms is Tel-Aviv-based Carbyne (formerly Reporty). The company provides a call handling platform that delivers smart data to Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs), allowing emergency call takers to process what’s happening in real time – reducing incorrect dispatches (and costs), slashing time to dispatch, and saving lives. The Carbyne platform can pinpoint emergency calls to within a foot radius, even within a building, while also giving callers to ability to livestream emergency events in real-time.Winbourne Consulting partners with digital 911 platform developer CarbyneNow, public safety management and technology consultancy Winbourne Consulting has announced a partnership with Carbyne. The Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm has an 18-year track record of supporting the private and public sector in the planning, design, and implementation of 911 systems. Winbourne’s recent clients include the City of Cleveland, The State of New Jersey, and the US Navy. In addition to its DC headquarters, the firm also has an office in Phoenix, AZ.

Winbourne will now help their clients integrate Carbyne’s leading-edge platform into their emergency response infrastructure, allowing them to better manage and prioritize incoming calls through the integration of accurate location tracking, texting, video, and other real-time data. Carbyne’s IP-based communication features require no extra app installation on user smartphones.

"We are thrilled to pair our advanced technology with one of the most forward-thinking 911 consulting firms in the industry," commented Carbyne CEO and Co-Founder Amir Elichai. "We look forward to working with Winbourne to provide emergency service providers across the U.S. with the most advanced NG911 solutions in the marketplace today. By collaborating and pairing our areas of expertise, we can ensure not only that the best technology is available in emergency call centers throughout the country, but also that the technology is leveraged effectively to save as many lives as possible."

Founded in 2014, Carbyne has offices in New York, Mexico City, and Kiev, in addition to its Tel-Aviv headquarters. The firm’s clients have included Mexico City, Nice, and the Giro d’Italia bike race.

The Carbyne-Winbourne partnership will see its inaugural project in Fayette County, GA, where Carbyne was recently tapped to provide NG911 call handling services over the next seven years. The project will launch in fall of 2018.

"Winbourne Consulting is excited to be part of Carbyne's innovative approach to Next Generation 911, and to provide our public safety experience to guide Fayette County in optimizing Carbyne's services," concluded Winbourne Consulting CEO Jeff Winbourne.


Deloitte to collaborate with Google Cloud on raft of new solutions

17 April 2019

Accounting and consulting firm Deloitte will work with Google Cloud to create an array of solutions for the life sciences and healthcare, financial services, and retail sectors. The announcement was made at the annual Google Cloud Next conference in San Francisco.

Deloitte has an especially strong partnership with Google Cloud, having been named its Global Services Partner of the Year for two years running. Google Cloud is among the leading enterprise cloud platforms, alongside the offerings of industry heavyweights such as Amazon, Microsoft, and IBM.

Deloitte currently provides a number of industry-specific solutions build on the Google Cloud platform, targeting areas like big data and analytics, machine learning, application services, SAP, and security. Deloitte leverages its existing technology and industry-specific expertise to build solutions on Google’s powerful open-source software. It’s a common exercise for many consulting firms – turning the raw material of a platform or ecosystem into a useful finished product for diverse clients, possibly as part of a wider overall advisory package.Deloitte to collaborate with Google Cloud on raft of new solutionsThe consulting firm will now deliver new Google Cloud solutions to clients in three pivotal sectors. In life sciences and healthcare, Deloitte will offer solutions targeting biomedical research, operations optimization, and healthcare data modernization. Within financial services, the firm will help banking, insurance, and investment management companies convert ideas into profitable strategies though Google’s high-performance computing and applied AI. Deloitte will also offer leading-edge solutions to help detect financial crimes.

The retail sector, meanwhile, will be able to benefit from advanced consumer insights and engagement, more connected supply chains, and efficient and modern commerce infrastructure.

"We are thrilled to make this commitment with Google Cloud to bring the power of its leading technologies to our enterprise clients," Janet Foutty, chair and CEO, Deloitte Consulting and chair-elect, said. "Together, we plan to transform operating models across these key sectors by harnessing the power of cloud technologies and the extensive industry-specific knowledge and experience of our practitioners."

Thomas Kurian, Google Cloud CEO, added, “Deloitte's reputation for enterprise transformation makes them an ideal teammate for us as we expand our cloud into new industries and with the world's biggest customers. Industries from health care to financial services to retail share a need to modernize – quickly. We're excited to join with Deloitte and deliver solutions and technology to help them do just that."

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