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AtHoc

May 25, 2010 08:28 ET

U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division Expands Use of AtHoc IWSAlerts for Net-Centric Mass Notification to Support In-Theatre Operational Readiness and Force Protection

AtHoc IWSAlerts Will Provide All-Encompassing Mass Notification System for 1st Infantry Division While at Home and Abroad

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - May 25, 2010) - AtHoc, Inc., the pioneer and leader in network-centric emergency mass notification systems, today announced that the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division has deployed AtHoc IWSAlerts™ to serve as the mass notification system in theatre on the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet), the military's secure computer communications system. The 1st Infantry Division is currently deployed in Iraq and is expanding its notification capabilities to its in-theatre operations, relying on AtHoc IWSAlerts to notify personnel for force protection against threats ranging from extreme weather to enemy attack.

Deployment of AtHoc's third-generation alerting technology results in the creation of an all-encompassing mass notification system for the 1st Infantry Division, at home and abroad. 

This new deployment builds upon the 2009 expansion of network-centric alerting capabilities at Fort Riley, which includes the 1st Infantry Division, Irwin Army hospital and elementary and middle schools that are located on the fort. As part of this expansion, Fort Riley upgraded to AtHoc IWSAlerts Enterprise Edition to gain the benefits of additional AtHoc features including cross-domain alerting, tiered operator permissions, Active Directory integration and multi-tenant support.

The benefits of this comprehensive deployment of AtHoc's network-centric technology means units and organizations will share common training and management experiences for mass notification both "at home" at Fort Riley and "in the field" during a deployment. The same AtHoc technology that can notify Fort Riley's Irwin Army Community Hospital personnel about a hazmat emergency can now alert the 1st Infantry Division units about a hostile threat in Iraq. 

AtHoc IWSAlerts mass notification solution sends alerts rapidly through the IP network to all computer workstations using pop-up audio/visual alerts that describe the threat, include instructions for taking appropriate action and have response options for bi-directional communication between personnel and operators. The system also delivers alerts as SMS text messages to cell phones and emails alerts to computers and mobile devices, including BlackBerry devices. 

"Fort Riley and the 1st Infantry Division realize the tremendous advantage of using a third-generation network-centric mass notification system for force protection," said (Ret.) Army Col. David Brown, director of Army operations for AtHoc. "The technology is pervasive, easy to use, reliable and scalable. The AtHoc solution shows its flexibility and utility by operating in environments as diverse as an elementary school and field deployment. We are pleased the Army has expanded AtHoc in theatre to provide the same rapid and seamless alerting overseas as is used at Fort Riley."

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, Avaya, 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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