Guardly announces iPhone availability, partnership, and funding

by Rob Lewis | Technology

Toronto's Guardly announced today that their mobile personal safety application is now available for download from the App Store for iPhone and iPod Touch users in the US and Canada.

 Guardly enables smartphone users in distress to alert, connect, and collaborate with their personal safety network and authorities with only a single tap on their device.

In addition to their app availabilty announcement, Guardly that OCAD University has partnered with Guardly to provide local response by campus security for OCAD U students using the Guardly service to broadcast emergencies arising on campus.

“Our partnership with Guardly enables the University to extend the reach of its emergency phones on campus by putting a virtual emergency phone onto smartphones carried by students,” said Vicki Brown, Director, Campus Services & Security at OCAD University. “It also enables us to track changes to the location of an emergency in real-time and communicate with the victim and his/her responding safety network throughout the incident until resolved.”

Guardly CEO Josh Sookman announced and previewed at the DEMO conference in Palm Desert in February.

In conjunction with the launch announcement today, Sookman also announced that they have closed a seed round of financing that includes investments from Extreme Venture Partners, Bryker Capital and several angel investors.

Guardly will be using the funding to add to its technology development and business development teams to build out its partner ecosystem.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Guardly is a robust communication platform for emergencies that is changing the way mobile personal safety is delivered. Guardly is the first mobile application to give people the ability to both alert and connect in real-time with local authorities as well as their own personal safety network in a single tap. Depending on your configuration of Guardly, you can reach your personal safety... more

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Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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