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June 02, 2015 11:01 ET

Sadara Chemical Company, a $20BN Saudi Aramco-Dow Chemical Joint Venture in Saudi Arabia, Standardizes on AtHoc for Secure Networked Crisis Communication

World's Largest Chemical Complex Built in a Single Phase Uses AtHoc to Capitalize on the Industrial Internet-of-Things (IoT) to Protect Personnel, Visitors and Plant Operations

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 2, 2015) - AtHoc, Inc., the leader in networked crisis communication, today announced that the Sadara Chemical Company has deployed AtHoc's Networked Crisis Communication solution to protect the world's largest chemical complex in Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia. The AtHoc system securely delivers physical and cyber security alerts to all personnel through a fully integrated crisis communications system.

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With AtHoc, the Sadara Security Operations Center can send critical alerts instantaneously via IPTV, networked PC desktop pop-up alerts, push-to-talk radios, SMS text messaging, email and to other communications assets throughout the complex. As a result, Sadara leadership now holds the power to reach and account for personnel and visitors across a vast geographic area in the event of threats, be they severe weather hazards, man-made or cyber related.

"With thousands of employees spread across 12 square kilometers performing a variety of tasks, reaching each of them in short order is a tremendous undertaking," said Andy Anderson, AtHoc Vice President of International Business Development based in the United Arab Emirates. "Sadara requires a partner who understands both the inherent complexity of a large industrial environment as well as the power of the industrial Internet-of-Things to connect every element together and create an effective crisis communications system."

Sadara is a $20BN joint venture between energy giant Saudi Aramco and The Dow Chemical Company, a leader in specialty chemicals. The chemical complex in Jubail Industrial City will be the largest ever built in a single phase, consisting of 26 integrated manufacturing plants. The scale of the facility presents unique communication challenges for alerting and accounting for employees in an emergency. Sadara worked with Wipro, the global leader in IT services and consulting, to evaluate various crisis communication solutions and selected AtHoc based on the following criteria:

  • History of Customer Success: Eastman Chemical, Marathon Petroleum, Phillips66, Chevron Nigeria, United States Steel/POSCO and now Sadara Chemical Company have selected AtHoc because of their high confidence for success with the AtHoc products and services.

  • Proven Security: AtHoc is the most secure crisis communications system, with patented technology that ensures the protection of personally identifiable information (PII), especially in environments when policies or laws require PII never leave the enterprise network domain.

  • Networked Approach to Crisis Communications: AtHoc gives Sadara a platform that treats every person and communications device as a valuable asset belonging to an IoT-based safety network. By connecting the people in Sadara to every communications asset: IPTV, radios, networked PCs and others, Sadara achieves the power of complex-wide emergency mass notifications for safety and security.

"We are honored by the trust Sadara has placed in AtHoc to support its rigorous cyber, environmental, health and safety standards," continued Anderson. "Given the success of the Sadara integrated emergency mass notifications system, we look forward to bringing the AtHoc platform to the entire Saudi Aramco global enterprise."

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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 www.athoc.com.