Dayton startup closes $1.5M seed round

March 19, 2024

A Dayton startup specializing in SaaS platforms for emergency communications recently raised $1.55M to further the technology.

Smart Response Technologies (SRT) has now raised $2.5M total, including self-funded investments. The latest funding round was led by The Angel Roundtable in Johnson City, TN, with participation from Broadstreet Angels in Philadelphia, PA, Cowtown Angels in Ft. Worth, TX, and the Entrepreneurs’ Center Angels in Dayton, OH, among others.

“I am incredibly grateful for the trust and support shown by our investors. This funding will be instrumental in accelerating our mission to ensure communities have fast, accurate, and coordinated responses in emergency situations,” said Roger Mann, CEO, Smart Response Technologies. “It will also enhance our capabilities to deliver an even greater product and service to our customers.”

Increasing first responder communications effectiveness to save lives

SRT developed their patented Delphini product in cooperation with the Air Force Research Lab. The software provides emergency call takers and dispatchers with real-time voice-to-text transcriptions in a simplified dashboard. The customizable keyword highlight function combines with spatially separated audio to increase comprehension by 70% and decrease the chance of missing critical information while monitoring multiple radio channels at once.

Delphini also utilizes AI to highlight “predictor” words that provide early warnings for a potential greater problem, such as an active shooter event, large-scale fire, or pursuit of armed and dangerous people.

“SRT’s Delphini is revolutionizing an industry, benefiting communities, and saving more lives. As an investor, I appreciate that their technology contributes socially as well as technologically,” said Tony Lettich, lead investor, The Angel Roundtable. “It is an affordable solution to a communication clarity challenge that emergency call centers have had for years. Plus, this technology has tremendous potential for collaborations with other companies so I’m excited to watch SRT expand their R&D and product offerings in the years to come.”

SRT supports command and control centers, corrections facilities, event management, and courthouse, corporate, and campus security. Currently, Delphini is being used by police and fire departments and county 911 Emergency Communications Centers nationwide, including locally by the Fairborn Police and Fire departments.