Free Push-to-Talk App for First Responders from Zello

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Zello announced at APCO 2019 that its push-to-talk mobile app will be free to first responders.

BALTIMORE —  Zello, a push-to-talk mobile app, today announced that its enterprise-grade solution is now available at no cost to first responders, eliminating common challenges related to budget, inter-agency communication and radio coverage.

The new offering is for non-profit based EMS workers, paramedics, firefighters, police, volunteer groups and more. The company made the announcement today at the 85th Annual APCO Conference, continuing its contribution for reducing barriers when saving lives.

Our mission at Zello is to enable the power of the human voice, and first responders know better than anyone how crucial it is to have instant communication across teams and jurisdictions,” said Bill Moore, CEO of Zello. The free version of Zello has been an essential tool for saving lives, and now the managed version is available without any hurdles to public safety organizations.”

Zello connects millions of people around the world using live voice. Firefighters, EMS personnel, police, 911 dispatchers, search and rescue teams and many others use Zello in both emergency situations and on a routine basis to overcome the many challenges associated with expensive, legacy radio technology. With today’s announcement, even more groups on the front lines of emergencies will be able to use their everyday work or personal phones and devices to gain easy access to crystal-clear, encrypted communication that, unlike radio, works between jurisdictions and allows for an expansive live communication range.

Zello’s enterprise-level service provides unlimited capacity to communicate securely across multiple responding units, even when experiencing the common first-responder challenge of deploying outside a usual service area. 

Offering Zello’s enterprise-level solution to first responders for free addresses the budget-constraints non-profit first responder organizations face. While first responders have been able to use the free version of Zello, the enterprise-level version comes with a centralized, browser-based administration console allowing for organizational control and audit anywhere in the world with internet connection.

“Zello has greatly improved team communications during critical situations within just the first month of use,” said Steve Castellano, IT Leader/Systems Technician with Delaware County Emergency Services, a ‘Free for First Responders’ beta customer. “Without the app, we would have faced major challenges being able to coordinate people outside of radio coverage, and every minute counts in situations like these. Zello has given us a lifeline to extend our capabilities and organize our teams better than ever before.”

First responders can also access optional paid features like maps with location history, live location data, real-time traffic data and Google Maps, and the central message archive which allows retrieval of all past messages.

Learn more and find out if your community qualifies for Zello First Responders.

About Zello

Zello is the leading push-to-talk service for communities, teams and businesses worldwide. Millions of Zello workers and users communicate in real-time over any wireless or data network to share updates, connect in emergencies and solve problems. Founded in 2012 and recognized as one of Austin’s Best Places to Work, Zello is privately-held and profitable. Current customers include Bechtel, Honda, Restoration Hardware, Starwood/Marriott, Waste Management and YRC Freight.

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