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Guardly is a Canadian-based security company with headquarters in Toronto. The company designs and provides mobile safety and security solutions for enterprise organizations, campuses, and municipalities. It is best known for its mobile safety application that allows users to connect to security, public authorities and a list of emergency contacts when the safety app is activated. Guardly is also attributed as the first company to offer an indoor positioning system to locate users who are within a building during an emergency, and the first to offer a mass notification system that integrates with indoor positioning data to locate people in need of help. The companys technology was featured on the Discovery Channel’s Future Tech TV series. Guardly was founded in 2010 by Josh Sookman, the companys current CEO. Prior to Guardly, he worked for both BlackBerry Partners Fund and RBC Venture Partners. The company received an undisclosed amount in its first round of Seed Funding in September 2011, led by Golden Venture Partners and Extreme Venture Partners, with a matching contribution from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario). Guardly raised another $1.45 million in January 2014 during a second Seed Funding Round, led by Freestyle Capital with participation from Golden Venture Partners and the MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund. Guardly was originally founded as a personal security application for consumers. In the event of an emergency, the app would notify a set of contacts chosen by the user as well as alert authorities. By September 2012 Guardly began to partner with educational organizations to implement its software into campus security systems on campus. During the same quarter, Guardly expanded its offerings by partnering with other companies that also sold products into the educational market including Code Blue Corp, a manufacturer of Blue Light Phones used on college campuses as a way to notify campus police from various locations on campus. The partnership expanded upon Code Blue’s technological capabilities by including Guardly mobile safety applications as a new endpoint from which to report emergencies to campus police. The app allowed campus security to identify the user and track their movements once the app was activated. Guardly also partnered with Desire2Learn in 2012, presenting its app as an add on to Desire2Learns Campus Life mobile app.