December 15, 2010 08:33 ET

AtHoc Unified Notification Server Integrated With Cisco Unified Communications Manager Wins Government Security News' Homeland Security Award

Integrated Solution Has Been Successfully Deployed at Multiple Federal Agencies to Provide Network-Centric Mass Notification

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - December 15, 2010) - AtHoc, Inc., the pioneer and leader in network-centric emergency mass notification systems, today announced that it has been awarded the Government Security News' (GSN ) 2010 Homeland Security Award for AtHoc IWSAlerts Unified Notification Server™ (AtHoc UNS) Integrated with Cisco Unified Communications Manager (UCM). Additionally, the U.S. Coast Guard received a GSN award for its enterprise-wide Alert and Warning System 2.0, which is based on AtHoc IWSAlerts™ network-centric emergency mass notification technology.

"AtHoc's ability to integrate with Cisco UCM and IP phones enables Cisco customers to leverage their Cisco VoIP technology for a critical life safety application of mass notification," said Dubhe Beinhorn, Vice President of Alliances and Channels at AtHoc. "We've had a great deal of success delivering value to customers through this integration, which results in a comprehensive, seamless solution that transforms all Cisco IP phones into an audio/visual indoor public address system that fulfills emergency mass communication requirements."

The pairing of Cisco's unified communication technology with AtHoc UNS offers a comprehensive mass notification solution for customers. When a customer triggers an emergency notification through AtHoc UNS, the message is communicated through all IP-enabled alerting devices including audio-visual alerts to Cisco IP Phones. The IP Phone, via its speaker and display, effectively serves as an alerting device that blasts alerts to every room in a facility. Communication is bi-directional, allowing each IP Phone to capture response from the recipient and communicate it to the operator, thereby providing operators with real-time accountability for all personnel. This allows the organization to manage, trigger and control enterprise emergency mass notification and accountability processes across multiple communication devices from a single, unified console.

The integrated Cisco-AtHoc solution has been successfully deployed among major high-profile organizations, especially in federal government agencies. 

AtHoc's innovative solution represents the evolution of mass notification technology to a third generation able to leverage existing IP networks to (a) communicate emergency information rapidly to all connected devices; (b) integrate and unify disparate existing mass notification capabilities; (c) provide bi-directional communication allowing collection of feedback from all personnel; and (d) achieve enterprise-level scalability and processes. The result is the most effective enterprise-wide mass notification capability with the best cost-to-benefit ratio.

AtHoc net-centric mass notification systems are protecting more than 2 million military and federal government personnel. AtHoc's enterprise level life safety systems are deployed across entire U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, multiple U.S. Air Force Major Commands and many other government and commercial organizations.

About AtHoc
AtHoc is the pioneer and recognized leader in providing network-centric emergency mass notification systems to military, homeland security, government 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. Coast Guard, U.S. Veteran Affairs, UCLA, Microsoft, Boeing 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, Dell, Harris, Siemens, Northrop Grumman, MIR3, Lockheed Martin and others to bring these notification solutions to the public and commercial markets.

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