World Security Report News2016-08-10 11:18:50

Blackberry software selected for U.S. Senate crisis communications on Capitol Hill

BlackBerry has announced that the U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms Office (Sergeant at Arms) has awarded a multi-million dollar order for the BlackBerry AtHoc crisis communications software to power the Sergeant at Arms' Joint Emergency Mass Notification Systems (JEMNS) over five years. With full spectrum enterprise level alerting and accountability, JEMNS powered by AtHoc provides secure notification and communications in times of crisis for as many as 50,000 individuals working and visiting the US Capitol Complex.

This announcement marks the second large engagement between BlackBerry's AtHoc and Leidos, which also partnered to provide the US Army their global mass notification under the Emergency Management Modernization Program. Full implementation of the JEMNS based on the AtHoc solution will be achieved over the coming months, with Leidos providing direct support and help desk support to the Congressional community.

"It's critical for the nation's political epicenter to be prepared with a unified communications system to swiftly and securely communicate in the event of an emergency," says John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO of BlackBerry. "As the leading provider of crisis communication software to the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, AtHoc has demonstrated the ability to enable highly secure information-exchange for the world's most demanding organizations. The U.S. Senate is joining more than three million US federal government personnel today in using BlackBerry's AtHoc software for their crisis communications capability."

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