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Eastman Chemical Sets Highest Standards in Environment, Health and Safety by Launching Next Generation Emergency Mass



Eastman Chemical Sets Highest Standards in Environment, Health and Safety by
Launching Next Generation Emergency Mass Notification System

Capital investment in AtHoc IP-based technology helps keep the Eastman
Chemical Company headquarters and mega-plant personnel safe and informed via
multiple channels: Microsoft Lync VoIP, Motorola radios, iOS and Android
smartphone apps, computer desktop pop-ups, SMS texts, email, pagers and in the
near future, digital signs

SAN MATEO, Calif., Nov. 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AtHoc, Inc. today
announced that Eastman Chemical Company has successfully implemented the AtHoc
Interactive Warning System (AtHoc IWS) for its next generation, emergency mass
notification system. By selecting an IP-based mass communications platform,
Eastman unifies traditional analog, digital, IP, mobility and radio
technologies into one complete, fully integrated interactive crisis
communication system designed to quickly reach its workforce in any situation.

The industry widely acknowledges Eastman for its exceptional market
leadership, as shown by a five-year return to shareholders that few other
specialty chemical companies can match.

The investment in the AtHoc solution reflects Eastman's strong culture of
safety and underscores its commitment to zero injuries in the workplace. The
initial IWS implementation resides in the Kingsport, Tenn. corporate
headquarters. This mega-plant has a workforce community of 10,000 employees
and contractors.

Eastman began the Strategic Safety Improvement Initiative in 2011 to
effectively improve the safety of all employees and contractors. To that end,
the team developed extensive criteria that balanced specific solution
requisites for a mass notification communication system, including:

  * A network-centric IP solution with mandatory integration with Microsoft
    Lync VoIP
  * The option to deploy as a private, public or hybrid cloud to comply with
    user privacy and enterprise-level security needs
  * Integration with the Eastman Active Directory
  * Integration with legacy devices and radio systems
  * Interactive communications
  * Proven track records in system performance and customer satisfaction
  * A commitment to a longstanding customer/provider partnership

With these essential components defined, Eastman set out on a rigorous
18-month formal research process that culminated in the selection of the AtHoc
IWS solution.

"Our team assessed multiple vendors," explained Keith Bennett, area supervisor
for Plant Protection Services at Eastman. "During visits to AtHoc customers
like Texas A&M University and the United States Air Force, we witnessed
AtHoc's commitment to customer success. AtHoc demonstrated technical
solutions, innovation and a proven culture of long-term partnership with their
customers."

By transforming the IP network into an interactive end-to-end mass
communication system, AtHoc introduces the convergence of physical security
and safety into the IP environment. The AtHoc solution has brought to reality
the concept of enterprise-wide reach and accounting for all personnel during
an emergency.

"We are excited to be working together with Eastman as we open new
possibilities in environment, health and safety for the chemical industry,"
said Sanjay Saini, AtHoc vice president of operations. "As a direct result of
our collaborative relationship, we have made product enhancements that are
transforming the way global enterprises can better protect and account for
their people."

About AtHoc
AtHoc is the recognized leader, innovator, and trusted partner in
network-centric interactive crisis communication systems. AtHoc's products are
used for physical security, employee protection, personnel accountability,
staff recall and regulatory compliance for military, homeland security,
government, healthcare, industrial, and commercial organizations.

Millions of end-users worldwide rely on AtHoc's unified notification systems
for their emergency alerting and critical communication needs in organizations
such as Microsoft, USS-POSCO Industries, the
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Baylor Health, Scott & White Health
System, Raymond W. Bliss Army Medical Center, UCLA, U.S. Department of Defense
and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

AtHoc was recently awarded Government 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 and by IHS Inc. as The Fastest Growing Mass Notification
Software Supplier. For more information about AtHoc, please visit
www.athoc.com.

About Eastman Chemical Company
Eastman Chemical is a global company that produces a wide range of advanced
materials, additives, specialty chemicals and fibers that are found in
everyday products. Based in Kingsport, Tennessee, Eastman is a world leader in
the diverse markets of automotive, building and construction, packaging,
consumer goods, and tobacco.

Eastman's global community of 13,500 employees collectively focuses on
uplifting the standards of
daily life. There is a strong commitment to a culture of accountability,
safety and corporate values of environmental stewardship, sustainability,
economic growth, and social responsibility. To learn more
about Eastman Chemical, please visit: www.eastman.com.

CONTACT: Deb Montner
         Montner & Associates, Tech PR
         203-226-9290
         dmontner AT montner.com
         dmontner@montner.com

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