AtHoc IWSAlerts to Provide Unified Mass Notification Capability to Protect AMC Personnel in Case of Emergency
SAN MATEO, Calif. (October 13, 2009) AtHoc, Inc., the pioneer and leader in network-centric emergency notification systems, today announced the signing of an agreement with the U.S. Army Materiel Command to deploy its AtHoc IWSAlerts™ 3rd generation emergency mass notification system to protect and warn all personnel in its headquarters.
Garrisoned at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) is the Army’s main provider of technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment. AMC operates the research, development and engineering centers depots; arsenals; ammunition plants; and other facilities, and maintains the Army’s prepositioned stocks, both on land and afloat.
The AtHoc network-centric mass notification system will be deployed onsite behind AMC’s NIPRNet firewall and run using Microsoft-based servers and databases. Leveraging the AMC’s existing IP network, AtHoc IWSAlerts will deliver popup notifications to all networked computers as well as alerts to cell and landline phones, and mobile phones. AtHoc’s unified mass notification system will enable authorized emergency operators to initiate alerts from any standard Web browser and deliver targeted alerts to AMC personnel in minutes. AtHoc’s powerful personnel accountability module gives the command the ability to gain a clear picture of affected AMC personnel by tracking receipt of alerts and feedback on the individual’s status (e.g. injured, ok, off site etc.) and providing comprehensive organizational reports of the status of personnel by unit, sub-unit and individuals.
The deployment of AtHoc’s IWSAlerts at AMC is further evidence that the Department of Defense is moving towards an adaption of third generation mass notification technology. Third generation systems leverage existing IP networks to (a) communicate rapidly to all IP 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.
“Being selected to help enhance force protection at AMC headquarters is a substantial achievement for AtHoc and furthers our penetration into the DoD, where AtHoc’s technology is already in use by over 175 bases worldwide,” said (Ret) Army Colonel David Brown, Director of Army Operations of AtHoc. “We look forward to this deployment as it furthers our commitment to providing third generation mass alerting solutions to U.S. Army installation around the world.”
AtHoc is the pioneer and recognized leader in providing enterprise-class, network-centric emergency notification systems to military, 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. Patent and Trademark Office, NASA, Microsoft, Boeing and PricewaterhouseCoopers rely on AtHoc’s unified management systems for their emergency alerting and critical communication needs. AtHoc has partnered with market leaders including Microsoft, Cisco, Dell, Harris, Siemens, Avaya, Lockheed Martin and others to bring these notification solutions to the public and commercial markets.
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