SOURCE: AtHoc, Inc.

September 13, 2005 08:30 ET

Air Force Air Education and Training Command (AETC) Bases to Use AtHoc IWSAlerts as Standard for Network-Based Emergency Notifications

Vance and Randolph AFBs First Under AETC to Deploy AtHoc IWSAlerts to Strengthen Full Spectrum Threat Response (FSTR) Readiness and Fulfill Air Force Instruction 10-2501 Mandate

BURLINGAME, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 13, 2005 -- AtHoc, Inc. today announced that the Air Education and Training Command (AETC) has selected AtHoc IWSAlerts to meet its critical alerting needs for force protection, operational readiness and anti-terror warnings. Vance Air Force Base (AFB) is the first AETC base to fully deploy the product to provide base-wide networked mass notifications. AtHoc IWSAlerts is already installed and in use on base, and it is helping Vance comply with Air Force-specific requirements for installation-wide warning systems as outlined in Air Force Instruction (AFI) 10-2501. Randolph AFB, the location of AETC headquarters, has already purchased the offering and is in the process of implementing the product.

AtHoc IWSAlerts provides AETC with the ability to send alerts to all computers connected to bases' networks whenever a threat is identified. Threats can range from terror warnings to an approaching tornado. The alerts, in the form of pop-up windows accompanied by an audio alarm, describe the potential threat, categorize the threat level and include instructions for action. These alerts comply with signals and messaging specifications appropriate to Force Protection Conditions (FPCONs), watches, warnings, evacuation routes, battle staff directives and other federal, Department of Defense (DoD), USAF and AETC-specific emergency notifications.

AtHoc IWSAlerts will help the bases make sure that dangerous situations are dealt with appropriately to keep personnel safe. Vance AFB has already integrated the network alerting system with its outdoor sirens, so it can launch alerts through the siren and over the network with a single push of a button. Now people know about the threat and have instructions for action within a minute of the alert being sent -- whether they are outdoors or inside sound-proof buildings and bunkers.

"Vance AFB can now use AtHoc IWSAlerts to contact its full staff in an average of one minute. In emergencies, seconds count, and we're making it possible for the base to quickly reach a broad audience with clear instructions for action," said Guy Miasnik, AtHoc's president and CEO. "While helping the bases protect personnel, we're also helping them comply with Department of Defense and Air Force-specific FSTR readiness requirements."

AtHoc IWSAlerts is one of the few commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) networked alerting systems that have received Defense Information Technology Security Certification and Accreditation Process (DITSCAP) certification and the only one to receive Certification to Operate (CTO) and Approval to Operate (ATO) on AETC's network. The solution includes provisions for secure communication, authentication and encryption using DoD and industry-standard PKI-encryption technologies.

AtHoc recently announced the general availability of AtHoc IWSAlerts v6.1. The product is a DoD-specific application of the company's flagship and market-proven Enterprise Notifications Suite.

About AtHoc, Inc.

AtHoc provides enterprise-class network-based alerting systems for emergency notifications, force protection readiness, anti-terror warnings and critical communications. AtHoc offers a broad set of alerting solutions for the government/defense agencies and commercial enterprises, including IWSAlerts™ for Network-based Emergency Mass Notifications; C2Alerts™ for Targeted User Alerts in Command & Control / C4I Operations Center; KMAlerts™ for Knowledge and Intelligence Dissemination; and EmployeeAlerts™ for Corporate Emergency Communications. AtHoc has partnered with Microsoft, Northrop Grumman and IBM to bring these notifications solutions to the enterprise market. The U.S. Strategic Command, U.S. Air Force, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Boeing, eBay and Juniper Networks are some of the world-class organizations that have selected and deployed AtHoc for their critical enterprise notifications needs.

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

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