SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - Dec 18, 2012) - AtHoc, Inc. (www.athoc.com), the pioneer and leader in network-centric emergency mass notification systems (EMNS), today announced that the United States Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC), headquartered at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, is expanding their current AtHoc IWSAlerts™ EMNS to cover all five of their bases. The expansion will extend the AtHoc capability, including personnel accountability, already in place with three bases to support all AFGSC locations with a common, enterprise-level, enhanced capability. The newly added bases are: Francis E. Warren AFB, and Malmstrom AFB. USAF already owns sufficient AtHoc licenses to cover all 700,000 AF personnel across its installations worldwide. AFGSC has leveraged these licenses to standardize on a common and robust EMNS solution in a highly cost-effective manner.
"We already cover most of the AFGSC bases, thus the expansion to the remaining ones is a cost-efficient and effective process," stated Andy Anderson, Vice President for Business Development, Defense Sector at AtHoc. "AFGSC's expansion and standardization of our EMNS is another important milestone in our long and productive relationship with the Department of Defense (DoD) and all of the branches of the United States military."
With the AtHoc award-winning EMNS in place, each individual base can initiate and manage local alerts, while headquarters AFGSC Ops Center can initiate and manage broader alerts, all from one centralized location with complete fail-over capabilities. The system complies with Air Force network strategies to shift capabilities to proven enterprise architectures. Command personnel are already trained, allowing for program compatibility and rapid installation. AtHoc IWSAlerts is also the only EMNS solution on the DoD DISA Approved Product List (DISA APL), which makes AtHoc the preferred choice of all DoD agencies.
AtHoc was awarded Government Security News' (GSN) 2012 Homeland Security Award for Best Mass Notification System and has also been recognized by Gartner, Inc. as a leader in its Magic Quadrant for Emergency Mass Notification Services.
AFGSC took advantage of several specific AtHoc product features to extend their systems in light of tight budgetary constraints. First, AFGSC and Air Combat Command share hardware at centralized data center locations, reducing the need and subsequent costs for additional servers. Second, AFGSC was able to extend access to the Air Force's Enterprise Telephone Alerting capability available to all its bases, providing cost-efficient and high-capacity telephone, text messaging, and email alerting to all AFGSC personnel.
The new command-wide integrated system will deliver alerts and related emergency communications to networked personnel and devices, including smartphones, mobile devices, desktops, laptops, and landline phones. The consolidation of all forms of alerting -- network alerting systems (NAS), telephony alerting systems (TAS), mobile text, voice messaging and Giant Voice -- with a single click of a mouse ensures rapid notification and personnel response times during all types of emergencies. The extended system will also position AFGSC to utilize AtHoc's powerful Mobile Notifier application, which provides significant advantages to the mobile operators, first responders and alert recipients. The app activates one-click emergency alerts and mass alerts, personnel tracking and safety status, geo-based alert targeting, and first responder collaboration via a Common Operating Picture (COP).
The AtHoc EMNS enables AFGSC to meet the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Full Operational Capability (FOC) requirements for a mass notification system (MNS) well before the required January 2014 deadline.
AtHoc is the industry's leading provider of emergency mass notification systems to the U.S. military and federal government and protects over 2 million personnel at thousands of garrisons, installations, and bases around the world.
AtHoc is the pioneer and recognized leader in providing network-centric emergency mass notification systems to military, homeland security, government, healthcare, higher education, industrial and commercial organizations. AtHoc's products are used for physical security, force protection, personnel accountability, recall and regulatory compliance. Millions of end-users worldwide, in organizations such as the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, UCLA, Microsoft, and Raytheon rely on AtHoc's unified notification systems for their emergency alerting and critical communication needs. AtHoc has partnered with market leaders including Microsoft, Cisco, Harris, Siemens, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, MIR3 and others to bring these notification solutions to the public and commercial markets. For more information about AtHoc, please visit http://www.athoc.com