Air Force Global Strike Command to Standardize All Bases on AtHoc
Emergency Mass Notification System for Maximum Force Protection and
Cost-Effective MAJCOM Implementation to Leverage Existing Air
Force-Wide Licenses Currently in Place to Support All 700,000 AF
Personnel Across 125 Bases Worldwide
SAN MATEO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/18/12 -- AtHoc, Inc.
(www.athoc.com), the pioneer and leader in network-centric emergency
mass notification systems (EMNS), today announced that the United
States Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC), headquartered at
Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, is expanding their current
AtHoc IWSAlerts(TM) EMNS to cover all five of their bases. The
expansion will extend the AtHoc capability, including personnel
accountability, already in place with three bases to support all
AFGSC locations with a common, enterprise-level, enhanced capability.
The newly added bases are: Francis E. Warren AFB, and Malmstrom AFB.
USAF already owns sufficient AtHoc licenses to cover all 700,000 AF
personnel across its installations worldwide. AFGSC has leveraged
these licenses to standardize on a common and robust EMNS solution in
a highly cost-effective manner.
"We already cover most of the AFGSC bases, thus the expansion to the
remaining ones is a cost-efficient and effective process," stated
Andy Anderson, Vice President for Business Development, Defense
Sector at AtHoc. "AFGSC's expansion and standardization of our EMNS
is another important milestone in our long and productive
relationship with the Department of Defense (DoD) and all of the
branches of the United States military."
With the AtHoc award-winning EMNS in place, each individual base can
initiate and manage local alerts, while headquarters AFGSC Ops Center
can initiate and manage broader alerts, all from one centralized
location with complete fail-over capabilities. The system complies
with Air Force network strategies to shift capabilities to proven
enterprise architectures. Command personnel are already trained,
allowing for program compatibility and rapid installation. AtHoc
IWSAlerts is also the only EMNS solution on the DoD DISA Approved
Product List (DISA APL), which makes AtHoc the preferred choice of
all DoD agencies.
AtHoc was awarded Gov
ernment Security News' (GSN) 2012 Homeland
Security Award for Best Mass Notification System and has also been
recognized by Gartner, Inc. as a leader in its Magic Quadrant for
Emergency Mass Notification Services.
AFGSC took advantage of several specific AtHoc product features to
extend their systems in light of tight budgetary constraints. First,
AFGSC and Air Combat Command share hardware at centralized data
center locations, reducing the need and subsequent costs for
additional servers. Second, AFGSC was able to extend access to the
Air Force's Enterprise Telephone Alerting capability available to all
its bases, providing cost-efficient and high-capacity telephone, text
messaging, and email alerting to all AFGSC personnel.
The new command-wide integrated system will deliver alerts and
related emergency communications to networked personnel and devices,
including smartphones, mobile devices, desktops, laptops, and
landline phones. The consolidation of all forms of alerting --
network alerting systems (NAS), telephony alerting systems (TAS),
mobile text, voice messaging and Giant Voice -- with a single click
of a mouse ensures rapid notification and personnel response times
during all types of emergencies. The extended system will also
position AFGSC to utilize AtHoc's powerful Mobile Notifier
application, which provides significant advantages to the mobile
operators, first responders and alert rec
ipients. The app activates
one-click emergency alerts and mass alerts, personnel tracking and
safety status, geo-based alert targeting, and first responder
collaboration via a Common Operating Picture (COP).
The AtHoc EMNS enables AFGSC to meet the Secretary of Defense
(SECDEF) Full Operational Capability (FOC) requirements for a mass
notification system (MNS) well before the required January 2014
AtHoc is the industry's leading provider of emergency mass
notification systems to the U.S. military and federal government and
protects over 2 million personnel at thousands of garrisons,
installations, and bases around the world.
AtHoc is the pioneer and recognized leader in providing
network-centric emergency mass notification systems to military,
homeland security, government, healthcare, higher education,
industrial 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.
Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs,
Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Customs and Border
Protection, UCLA, Microsoft, 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, Harris, Siemens, Northrop Grumman,
Lockheed Martin, MIR3 and others to bring these notification
solutions to the public and commercial markets. For more information
about AtHoc, please visit http://www.athoc.com
Ph: (651) 247-6640
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