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AtHoc

November 09, 2010 10:50 ET

U.S. Army Awards 22 Contracts to AtHoc for Continued Worldwide Expansion of Its Network-Centric Mass Notification Systems

AtHoc's Solution Addresses Secretary of Defense Directive for the Deployment of Mass Notification and Warning Capability to Be Used in Times of Emergency

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - November 9, 2010) -  AtHoc, Inc., the pioneer and leader in network-centric emergency mass notification systems, today announced that the U.S. Army has awarded AtHoc 22 new contracts for installations, operational units and medical facilities to continue its deployment of AtHoc IWSAlerts™ worldwide. The Army's expansion builds upon existing capabilities provided by AtHoc, supporting personnel notification, recall and accountability.

AtHoc's systems are mission-proven throughout the U.S. Army both in-theater and at home installations. Most recently, Ft. Bliss used the system successfully during the recent shooting on base, with the garrison's commander, Colonel Joseph A. Simonelli Jr., commenting in a press interview: "My phone was going off several times. The system worked extremely well. I first received notification through my computer system which alerted me to come out to the scene... very effective notification system."

Apart from sheer expansion in units covered, the Army's investment in AtHoc technology this year includes solutions addressing unique Army and Department of Defense (DoD) requirements:

  • Command enterprise solution -- as deployed by Army Materiel Command (AMC), serving multiple AMC locations from a centralized enterprise-class system, avoiding the need for each unit to deploy and maintain such system independently. 
  • Consolidated telephony alerting pool -- as used by Installation Management Command (IMCOM) -- enabling multiple IMCOM bases to share a large combined pool of telephony lines, facilitating reaching thousands of personnel by phone within minutes.
  • Cross-domain alerting to all tenants -- as deployed at Fort Riley, reaching tenants on different networks, including operational units, hospitals, schools and dependents.
  • Cross-use between home-installation and in-theater -- as used by the 1st Infantry Division, achieving commonality in technology at home and in theater, across Non-classified Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNet) and Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet), thereby reducing training needs, Concept of Operations and overall costs.
  • Joint Basing deployment -- as used at Langley Air Force Base-Ft. Eustis which uses a common system, initially deployed by the Air Force, to serve the joint bases, thereby achieving operational and budgetary efficiencies.
  • Medical privacy requirements -- as deployed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, addressing unique privacy and security needs associated with medical information.

The Army's use of AtHoc IWSAlerts addresses the Secretary of Defense's August 18, 2010 directive related to the Fort Hood Review, to deploy such systems at every installation. The Navy's Wide Area Alerting System (WAAN), powered by AtHoc, was identified in the Ft. Hood Review as a good example of a modern, state-of-the-art system.

"AtHoc is proud to serve as the U.S. Army's industry partner in the deployment of such mission-critical life-saving capability," said (Ret.) Army Col. David Brown, Director of Army Programs for AtHoc. "The Army's deployment of net-centric mass notification capability builds upon the best practices derived from the Air Force and Navy adoption of AtHoc. It provides commonality among DoD's use of such technology to ensure every DoD airman, seaman, infantryman and civilian military personnel receives the same level of protection."

AtHoc is the No. 1 provider of net-centric mass notifications systems to the federal government and specifically to the DoD. AtHoc solutions are being used to support approximately 2 million federal government (including military) personnel at more than 500 installations worldwide.

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, Department of 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.

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

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