SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - Dec 5, 2012) - AtHoc, Inc., the pioneer and leader in network-centric emergency mass notification systems (EMNS) to military, government, healthcare, higher education and industrial organizations, today announced that its innovative and mission-proven emergency communication platform, AtHoc IWSAlerts™, has been awarded Government Security News' (GSN) 2012 Homeland Security Award for Best Mass Notification System. AtHoc company executives received the prestigious award on November 29, 2012 at GSN's 2012 Awards Dinner in Washington, DC.
The winners were selected by a panel of objective judges, according to Jacob Goodwin, Editor-in-Chief of Government Security News. "We received an outstanding group of entries and have handed winners' plaques to an exceptional group of companies and government agencies," said Goodwin.
AtHoc is the leading provider of mass notification and emergency communication technologies to the U.S. federal government with deployments around the world currently protecting over 2 million military and federal government personnel. Its enterprise-class platform is widely recognized as the most robust, reliable and scalable on the market, with capabilities that are constantly evolving to meet the stringent demands of its hundreds of U.S. military and federal agency customers. AtHoc IWSAlerts is the only EMNS solution on the DISA Approved Product List (DISA APL) with the Army's enterprise-wide Certificate of Networthiness (CoN) and Authority to Operate (AtO). AtHoc has also been recognized by Gartner, Inc. as a leader in its Magic Quadrant for Emergency Mass Notification Services.
AtHoc's unified approach to mass bi-directional alerting incorporates advanced smartphone application, telephony and text messaging, desktop alerts, sirens ("Giant Voice") integration, fire alarm integration, digital displays, radio broadcasts, alerts to VoIP phone displays, instant messaging, alerts via social networks, and many other communication capabilities.
"The entire team at AtHoc is completely committed to ensuring that the U.S. government and all branches of the military achieve their critical life-safety mission as effectively and efficiently as possible," said Guy Miasnik, AtHoc President and CEO. "The U.S. Secretary of Defense has mandated that all operating units of the DoD implement an emergency mass notification capability prior to a 2014 deadline. We are honored to support the DoD towards achieving this objective in a highly cost-efficient and robust manner. The vast network of Defense and Homeland Security organizations already using our technology also enables cross-agency sharing of information and collaboration, which is a crucial capability in times of emergency."
Under inter-agency agreements (IAAs), geographically dispersed government agencies can integrate with each other using the same infrastructure based on nationally adopted specifications and standards. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) have collaborated on a shared deployment of AtHoc's IWSAlerts emergency communication platform, which is protecting more than 100,000 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) personnel. This shared approach reduces IT overhead costs and increases operational efficiency by consolidating applications servers and other infrastructure. Similar collaborative endeavors are taking place throughout the DoD and DHS, including Joint Base San Antonio where Air Force personnel at Ft. Sam Houston, Lackland AFB, and Randolph AFB are protected by a shared enterprise-class deployment of AtHoc's IWSAlerts platform.
One of the highlights at the GSN Homeland Security Awards dinner was the presentation of the GSN / Raytheon Award for Distinguished Leadership and Innovation in Public Safety and Security to Richard Reed, Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security. Reed delivered an insightful keynote address to an audience of industry executives and government officials at the federal, state and local levels.
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, Customs and Border Patrol, 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