Business and Technology Alliance Will Produce Industry’s First Integrated Agency and Citizen-Facing Emergency Mass Notification System for State, Local and Federal Governments
SAN MATEO, Calif. (August 29, 2011) –AtHoc, Inc., the pioneer and leader in network-centric emergency mass notification systems (EMNS), today announced a strategic investment in eVigilo, a startup specializing in national-level citizen mass notification systems using geo-targeted multi-channel alerting technology. This business and technology alliance will accelerate the worldwide launch of the industry’s first integrated agency and citizen-facing EMNS for state, local and federal governments. AtHoc president and CEO, Guy Miasnik, will also join eVigilo’s Board of Directors.
AtHoc is the leader and innovator in the most demanding life safety markets in the United States – federal government, defense, homeland security, healthcare, higher education and large commercial customers. Its mission-proven solutions are used at more than 2,000 locations and protect approximately 2 million federal government personnel, positioning AtHoc as the No. 1 vendor for the U.S. federal government for net-centric EMNS. eVigilo developed the world’s first nationwide wireless cell broadcast-based emergency mass notification platform for geo-based citizen alerting. Its platform has been selected and deployed by highly demanding countries including Israel and Chile.
“Recent natural disasters and rising threats of violence have prompted national governments around the world to develop citizen and government-agency alerting capabilities,” said Guy Miasnik, AtHoc President and CEO. “AtHoc’s investment in eVigilo and the formation of a business alliance is targeted at addressing this growing demand. eVigilo's unique innovation in cell-broadcasting, highly talented team and experience in citizen-alerting, combined with AtHoc's expertise in unified enterprise alerting for government and corporations, will deliver an unmatched solution to national and local governments alike.”
“We are excited to work closely with AtHoc and leverage the strengths and advanced technologies of both companies to focus on worldwide applications in the emergency mass notification arena,” said Guy Weiss, eVigilo Ltd. CEO. “Our combined solution using such technologies as cell broadcast, Internet and IP network, mobile applications and integration with social networks will enable emergency managers worldwide to alert people rapidly and save lives.”
AtHoc IWSAlerts™ integrated with eVigilo Alert Aggregator IADC (Integrated Alert Distribution Center) enables government authorities to initiate controlled, location-based emergency alerting to first responders, senior leaders, personnel and surrounding communities. Apart from employing net-centric alerting that unifies multiple notification modalities of telephony, public communication devices and network alerting, this unique solution also taps into existing cell phone features for cell broadcasting the emergency message in times of crisis when mobile networks become saturated and jammed due to high call volume.
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, U.S. Veterans 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
eVigilo Ltd. (www.evigilo.net) designs and develops the industry’s only fully integrated mass alert platform that can reach millions of people in just seconds, to substantially improve personal safety and save lives. eVigilo's solution has been deployed by Israeli Home Front Command as the multi-channel alert and notification dissemination system in frame of the "National Message" project with its first phase budgeted at $7.5 million. eVigilo's solution has also been recently chosen by the Chilean government to provide the core foundation of its national earthquake and tsunami warning system with its first phase budgeted at $5 million. The project, first of its kind in the Americas, is based on mobile cell broadcast technology and will soon be completed by further channels such as sirens, digital TV and radio. eVigilo has further activities in more than 30 countries worldwide.