SOURCE: AtHoc

October 02, 2007 10:13 ET

Multi-National Force-Iraq Deploys AtHoc IWSAlerts in Camp Slayer for Emergency Notifications

AtHoc's Network-Centric Emergency Alerting System Now Fielded in Forward Positions to Rapidly Warn Personnel About Enemy Arms Fire

BURLINGAME, CA--(Marketwire - October 2, 2007) - AtHoc, Inc., the leader in network-centric emergency notification systems, today announced AtHoc IWSAlerts™ has been deployed in Camp Slayer, Baghdad, Iraq, for the purpose of force protection. The Multi-National Force-Iraq is using IWSAlerts to provide emergency alerting for several hundred personnel, including rapidly warning them of enemy arms fire, impending attacks and severe weather conditions.

The alerts effectively and efficiently notify personnel of the emergency situation and provide details on how long the alert is in effect. Using IWSAlerts, military and civilian personnel in Camp Slayer rapidly receive warnings about threats, as well as clear instructions for action, such as temporarily increasing uniform posture in response to enemy fire. Within seconds, the operations center can activate pre-defined alerting scenarios, which turn networked computers into an integrated physical alarm system, capturing the attention of nearby personnel through loud audio and visual messages. The system can be integrated with sensors to automatically activate scenarios and warnings for incoming threats. Command centers now can proactively alert personnel of attacks and help ensure a quick and safe response.

AtHoc IWSAlerts was selected due to its ease and speed of deployment. AtHoc worked with local network technicians to install and configure the product within days. Army security specialists then ran numerous tests over a two-week period for information assurance certification before deploying the commercial-off-the-shelf software on their operational network. Initially deployed for Air Force personnel, the system was quickly extended to the Army and Navy who were co-located within the same joint command.

"There is no more important use for IWSAlerts than the purpose it's serving in Baghdad," said Andy Anderson, vice president of defense sector operations for AtHoc. "In a dangerous environment, quick access to critical information and instructions saves lives. We are honored that IWSAlerts plays a role in protecting the men and women serving in Iraq and we are pleased it's now mission proven in a combat environment."

About AtHoc

AtHoc is a recognized leader in providing enterprise-class, network-centric emergency notification systems to military, government and commercial organizations for physical security, force protection and personnel accountability. Millions of end users worldwide, in organizations such as the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, Hawaii State Civil Defense, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Boeing, PricewaterhouseCoopers and eBay, rely on AtHoc's unified management systems for their emergency alerting and critical communication needs. AtHoc has partnered with market leaders including Microsoft, Northrop Grumman, Siemens, Avaya, Unisys and others to bring these notification solutions to the public and commercial markets.

For more information on AtHoc, please visit http://www.athoc.com.

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