30 Most Inspiring Leaders to Watch 2021
The Silicon Review
“Our success comes from our customer relations.”
The first community challenge that Kevin Angell, the Founder and CEO of Crowdsourced Geofencing Solutions LLC, observed was with the Federal Government’s ‘See Something, Say Something’ campaign. At the time, the only method of conveying suspicious activity observations was through a hotline. Kevin Angell saw the necessity to have a more versatile method of real-time reporting. A retired police detective, Angell was in Las Vegas following the Route 91 Shooting and through conversations with law enforcement colleagues the idea for a mobile app conveyance was born. He named the app ‘See it, Say it, Send it,’ which took the app market by storm the day before the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Shooting in South Florida. And the rest as they say is history.
Since its launch in 2017, See it, Say it, Send it app has amassed more than 2.5 million users in 25 states. Its Suspicious Activity Reports, or tips, have led to the arrest of a courthouse bomb hoax suspect, the recovery of more than $10,000 in stolen property and the prevention of a school shooting. The most recent law enforcement agency to join its user list was the State of Minnesota following the George Floyd incident.
Kevin Angell launched Crowdsourced Geofencing Solutions in 2017, as part of the See it, Say it, Send it app deployment across the U.S. Since then, Crowdsourced Geofencing Solutions has continued to develop apps and web platforms for government, school districts, non-profit organizations, public safety, small-to-medium business and the community.
We recently interviewed Kevin to know more about the company. In the interview, he told us about the much anticipated LEOsToCEOs.org web portal and more. Read on for the excerpts from the interview.
Q. What has helped the company distinguish itself and its services from others? What makes Crowdsourced Geofencing Solutions LLC unique?
Our success comes from our customer relations. Each client is more than an account number, monthly invoice or standing meeting. We know their families, have had meals with them and never forget a birthday or save the date.
Our continued development process comes second to our client relationships. We’ve never sat on our laurels. Our development cycle is comprehensive, client interactive and ongoing. Each quarter we meet, war room style, to tear apart what we are doing and make it better. By using customer feedback, industry standards and best practices, we’ve been able to stay ahead of the competitive app development market.
Even though our work can be completed remotely, we travel to customer sites routinely for face-to-face meetings. We believe this improves communication, makes for a more cohesive relationship and allows for hands on training.
Q. Could you tell us about your geofencing technology?
We use geofencing, an invisible fence seen by mobile devices, to provide users with information that is relevant. Rather than sending updates or showing information that is less pertinent, we use the devices location-based services to help guide our users. Doing so has led to better, faster decision-making.
Q. Which industries do your solutions best work for?
While our primary clients have been government agencies, we have built several platforms for private industries such as gambling, cannabis, gun club membership and retail purchasing/reservations.
Our favorite client is the non-profit organization Take Stock in Children (TSIC). TSIC is a Florida-based statewide organization that matches students in need with mentors. Those students, should they successfully complete the program, graduate with college assistance to ensure a bright future. We’ve built their mentoring app from the ground up and surpassed milestones set by the NPOs staff and affiliates.
Lastly, we have employed facial recognition, blockchain security measures and artificial intelligence engines to simplify a multitude of industry needs.
Q. Tell us about the company’s work culture. How do you help your employees grow?
We work super hard, long hours and at times under stressful timelines. That being said, we aren’t without company retreats to the mountains, amusement parks and lavish dinners. During COVID-19, to keep employees cheerful, we rented a 30-foot-tall waterslide and we had three days of water Olympics. The culture isn’t all-work-and-no-play but more of a balance, which keeps everyone fresh and wanting to work.
Additionally, employee enrichment is not only encouraged but 100% covered. Employees are sent to position specific certification classes, online updates and think-tank type engagements to stay sharp.
Employees leave bad managers, not bad companies. I strive for us to be good at both. Challenged employees, sometimes, just need resources to be more productive. Not added stress, deadlines and threats of unemployment.
Q. How important are partnerships to Crowdsourced Geofencing Solutions LLC?
We thrive on our partnerships. Our relationships with non-profits that benefit veteran welfare, first responders, and students, not only strengthens our company but gives us a sense of involvement in something bigger and more important. From donations to volunteering, our staff sees tangible benefits in working to better the community and world in which we live.
Q. How did you help out since the breakout of the COVID-19 pandemic? How have you innovated to adapt?
During COVID-19, we as a company declined the Federal Assistance for two reasons. One, because of our financial stability. Two, so that it could go to those is dire need. We continued to operate fully-staffed, remotely, and securely during the quarantine phase of the pandemic.
From a development standpoint, we pivoted our technology and focused on our app development. For instance, we allowed the ‘See it Say it Send it’ app to take past occurred, non-violent criminal case reports with no suspect to distance officers from repeated community contact and potential exposure. In the TSIC app, we added video chatting so that students learning from home could still meet with their mentors.
Q. Do you have any new services ready to be launched?
We are very excited about the 2022 Spring launch of the LEOsToCEOs.org web portal. We believe first responders need access to career advancement and training outside of their current occupation. We aim to provide those connections through the establishment of our non-profit, the web portal and partnerships with community members that have expertise in the fields necessary to successfully start and maintain a business.
Q. What does the future hold for your company and its customers?
We aim to continue releasing smart device apps and technology that simplify day-to-day activities as well as aid government initiatives. In 2022, our goal is to support more non-profit organizations with technology pieces that allow them to better allocate funding and resources.
Kevin Angell, CEO
Kevin Angell comes from a twelve-year career in law enforcement that culminated in his promotion to a Detective overseeing the Internet Crimes Against Children unit. Angell hit pause on that career in 2001 following the attacks on 9/11. He joined the U.S. Coast Guard as a Port Security Specialist and was deployed under the Operation Enduring Iraqi Freedom campaign. Upon his return, Angell consulted nationally in the body worn camera industry for GoPro/Intrensic. Those consulting efforts led to his courtroom recognition as a body worn camera expert. While traveling to conferences and meeting with law enforcement agencies across the country, Kevin came up with the idea for the ‘See it Say it Send it’ app. Kevin holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Phoenix and currently a doctoral candidate through Liberty University expected to graduate in May 2022.