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July 07, 2010 08:29 ET

United States Army Garrison and Hospital Walter Reed to Deploy AtHoc IWSAlerts Network-Centric Mass Notification Solution for Force Protection, Recall and Personnel Accountability

AtHoc Solution Will Alert More Than 10,000 Personnel Across Entire Enterprise, Including Three Major Medical Facilities via Multiple Notification Channels

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - July 7, 2010) -  AtHoc, Inc., the pioneer and leader in network-centric emergency mass notification systems, today announced that the United States Army Garrison Walter Reed and Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) will deploy its award-winning AtHoc IWSAlerts™ system to help alert personnel in the event of an emergency and to rapidly communicate mission-critical information. The planned implementation of AtHoc's technology will support as many as 10,000 military and civilian personnel at WRAMC, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. 

The AtHoc network-centric mass notification system will be deployed onsite behind Walter Reed's NIPRNet firewall and will run using Microsoft-based servers and databases. The AtHoc solution will use the garrison's existing IP network services and will leverage a centralized, Web-based architecture to deliver reliable and secure emergency notifications to all personnel. The system is fully compliant with the Department of Defense's (DoD's) Unified Facilities Criteria and the National Fire Protection Association Alarm and Signaling Code (NFPA 72) for net-centric emergency mass notification.

The AtHoc system will deliver alerts through the telephone, with text messaging, and with intrusive audio/visual pop-up alerts to personnel connected to the IP network via desktop, laptop and any other networked device. Alert responses from recipients will be captured and reported to emergency managers in real time to provide an enterprise personnel accountability picture of the safety and status of all personnel. 

In addition to mass emergency alerting, the AtHoc system can be used for healthcare-specific scenarios such as a personnel recall in the event of mass casualty incident, or to quickly disseminate accurate information when dealing with a disease outbreak. 

AtHoc is the No. 1 provider of network-centric mass notification systems to the U.S. military and is currently deployed at 185 installations, protecting more than 1.3 million personnel worldwide. AtHoc specializes in enterprise deployments supporting entire geographically dispersed organizations -- major commands, regions and services -- from a private cloud application, hosted at internal DoD data centers. This new agreement is the latest in a series of significant DoD medical deployments by AtHoc. Recent deals include the U.S. Army Irwin Health Care Clinic at Fort Riley and Lyster Army Medical Clinic at Fort Rucker.

"The agreement with Walter Reed continues the successful rapid adoption of AtHoc IWSAlerts by the U.S. Army to support their command (IMCOM) emergency mass notification initiatives," stated (Ret.) Army Col. David Brown, director of Army operations for AtHoc. "The scale of this deployment is significant as it clearly demonstrates the enterprise-class capabilities of the AtHoc platform and its ability and flexibility to address the unique requirements of an Army garrison and an Army medical center."

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. 

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, NASA, 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.

For more information on AtHoc, please visit http://www.athoc.com.

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