June 17, 2015 15:22 ET

Phillips 66 Refinery Deploys AtHoc Networked Crisis Communication Solution

Secure, Internet of Things-Based Architecture Enables One-Button Activation of Critical Messages Sent Simultaneously via Outdoor Sirens, Phone Calls, SMS Text, Email and Smart Phone Apps

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 17, 2015) -  AtHoc, Inc., the leader in networked crisis communication, today announced that the Phillips 66 San Francisco Refinery has implemented AtHoc to strengthen the protection of plant personnel and visitors. The new unified mass notification system integrates disparate alert channels into a one-button alert activation system, thereby maximizing the effectiveness of plant-wide mass warnings.

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The Phillips 66 refinery is a complex operation with a deeply rooted commitment to safety. In case of an emergency, plant operators need to instantly alert all employees and visitors, which was previously accomplished via sirens located throughout the facility. As the Internet of Things (IoT) increases the number of interconnected devices on networks, AtHoc broadens the scope of the refinery's alerting abilities by simultaneously distributing alerts via voice, email, SMS text notifications and smart phone apps in addition to sirens.

The AtHoc deployment takes advantage of secure cloud services that free plant personnel from dedicating resources to an on-site server for the alerting system, and by integrating with the existing outdoor siren system, there is no need to provide additional training to personnel. AtHoc's simplicity of use also means operators in the central control room can focus their time on normal plant operations, with an available simple, one-button activation in an emergency.

"Our secure, cloud-based technology enables Phillips 66 to marry its disparate systems using the AtHoc Internet of Things (IoT) architecture," said Efraim Petel, AtHoc Vice President of Public Safety. "These innovations help maximize our customers' existing investments to further their important mission of safety and security, and we are honored by the trust that Phillips 66 has placed in AtHoc."

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AtHoc is the pioneer and recognized leader in networked crisis communication, protecting millions of people around the world. AtHoc provides a seamless and reliable exchange of critical information among organizations, their people, devices and external entities. A trusted partner to the world's most demanding customers, AtHoc is the #1 provider to the US Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, and safeguards numerous other government agencies and leading commercial enterprises. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, the company operates around the globe. For more information about AtHoc, please visit