Wellesley Police use local Startup Tech for 2019 Boston Marathon Safety


A low-profile safety tool that supports emergency personnel during the Marathon is being provided by Wellesley-based startup KeynectUp.

KeynectUp is providing Wellesley PD with a customized contact card filled with Wellesley’s own emergency resources, offering users one-click access to local emergency numbers. Some of the resources include a texting line for images of suspicious packages, a direct line to the WPD emergency communications center, and a schedule of Marathon Monday. These resources can be accessed on the user’s smartphone with a simple search on the phone.

Wellesley Police Department is also using KeynectUp to send SMS messages out to emergency personnel throughout Marathon Monday.

Deputy Police Chief Scott Whittemore of Wellesley Police has spearheaded the Department’s work with KeynectUp. “This tool is fantastic; we’re using it to help people contact us and to stay in contact with our team,” Deputy Chief Whittemore said. “This tool will allow us to communicate directly and seamlessly with over 150 law enforcement officers and detectives from some 35 different police agencies that will be working in Wellesley on Marathon Monday. The fact that the setup is a simple download to an officer’s smartphone eliminates any cumbersome set up times usually associated with obtaining and entering everyone’s cell phone number.”

2019 marks the third year that the Wellesley Police Department has put KeynectUp’s technology into use to expedite emergency communication during the Boston Marathon. KeynectUp also provides their safety technology to over 200 colleges, universities, and travel assistance companies around the globe, including Babson College, Wellesley College, and On Call International.


About KeynectUp
KeynectUp is the easiest way to deliver resources and contacts to your clients in seconds. KeynectUp utilizes technology that is pre-built onto any mobile device to make it easy for your clients to access support resources. Best yet: we’re not an app!


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