The only question I have is, is Citizen app getting paid by the stations and, by extension, are those who shot the video or picture getting paid?
What is your role with the Citizen team?No, Citizen (and concurrently the user filming) do not receive any monetary compensation from the videos or information that is transmitted/received. In fact Citizen works with multiple "Buff Pages" as well as "Organization pages" such as NYCFireWire, FDNY Firehouse pages, and other news media from scanner buffs to national news and promotes the sharing of our videos for free with minor requirements (Attribution either written or verbal and keeping our watermark in the video when it is downloaded).
As well there is quite a bit of additional information on success stories, implementation, as well as case studies of effects we have had on areas served. All easily accessible and reviewable on our official Medium page.
Many now have gone to PulsePoint for Fire/EMS now that SafeTown has been canned. Currently they are still working on figuring out how to make it all work with CrimeReports and PulsePoint all linking into our CAD systems. There could even be lawsuits involved if things get to tied up with proprietary crappola. Hopefully it all gets solved soon.In Indy we had Home safe town but that went away when we switched CADs in October. Last I heard the PSAP folks were working with CrimeReports™ but I can't get real time data. Supposedly the former CAD vendor has a patent on the way the data was fed to safetown but I see other counties in IN and other states using it, so I wonder what the real story is.
At this time, that is the only description I can confirm. Hopefully in the future we will have more in-depth analysis to share with everyone.What are these “R1s”? What do they look like?
Edit: In the beginning of the Forbes article, it states “Citizen’s R1 scanners, a small, squat black box that instantly captures the 911 report, digitizes the audio and uploads it to the cloud”