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Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center Deploys AtHoc IWSAlerts Network-Centric Mass Notification System — Press Release

Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center Deploys AtHoc IWSAlerts Network-Centric Mass Notification System

AtHoc Solution Provides Alert Protection and Recall Capability to Health Center Personnel

SAN MATEO, Calif. (June 2, 2011) – AtHoc, Inc., the pioneer and leader in network-centric emergency mass notification systems, today announced that Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center has deployed AtHoc IWSAlerts™, the third-generation alerting system for the protection of physicians, nurses, technicians and their patients. The Army Health Center is located at Fort Huachuca, AZ.

Raymond W. Bliss will rely on AtHoc IWSAlerts to notify health center staff for recall purposes and in crisis situations for clinic-related operational communications. Unlike other facilities using the system, those in a healthcare environment may not be in a position to be easily mobilized; therefore early warning for an effective response is imperative. Protection and quick access to accurate information also extends to emergencies inherent in medical organizations ranging from epidemics, pandemics, biological and chemical contaminations to a large influx of patients following an accident. Regardless of the type of emergency, the AtHoc solution provides a vital level of granularity in alerts to medical staff with specific instructions for taking action based upon the scenario and the recipient’s role within the organization to contain the situation.

AtHoc IWSAlerts significantly increases the health center’s ability to contact personnel on and off site in a crisis event. Alerts are rapidly delivered through a single, unified Web console to all computer workstations via intrusive pop-up audio/visual alerts. Chosen for its multi-device alert capabilities, the system also delivers notifications to landlines and cell phones and SMS texts to mobile phones, PDAs and BlackBerry devices. Alert responses from recipients will be captured and reported to emergency managers in real time to provide an enterprise personnel accountability picture of the safety and status of all health center staff.

“Maintaining privacy was an important consideration for the Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center, and critical lists and personnel information are protected as the mass notification solution is placed behind the center’s firewall,” said Debra Scott, Chief Information Officer of the Army Health Center. “Furthermore, AtHoc’s scalable, cloud-based solution solved our notification challenge by unifying disparate systems to provide bi-directional, rapid communications in an emergency situation.”

The Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center is the most recent addition in the growing number of healthcare facilities that depend on AtHoc’s mass notification capabilities. The U.S. Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Lyster Army Health Clinic, Irwin Army Hospital, Baylor University Medical Center, the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery and the Air Force’s Wilford Hall Medical Center all place their trust in AtHoc for meeting the emergency alerting and critical communication needs tailored for the medical environment.

About AtHoc

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. Veteran 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.

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AtHoc Introduces NIST Compliant Secure Public Cloud Offering of its Award-Winning Emergency Mass Notification System — Press Release

AtHoc Introduces NIST Compliant Secure Public Cloud Offering of its Award-Winning Emergency Mass Notification System

New Level of Security Compliance Meets Federal Government Mandates for Public Cloud (SaaS) Applications Leveraging AtHoc’s Vast Experience with Military Security Requirements

SAN MATEO, Calif. (March 2, 2011) – AtHoc, Inc., the pioneer and leader in network-centric emergency mass notification systems (EMNS), today announced that its AtHoc IWSAlerts™ Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering is now accredited to be compliant with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) SP 800-53 Rev3 controls FIPS-199 moderate classification for federal government information technology security requirements for public cloud applications. AtHoc becomes one of the first unified Internet Protocol-based EMNS vendors to achieve this level of SaaS security classification.

AtHoc IWSAlerts secure public cloud offering provides a leap forward in SaaS security, allowing organizations of any size to exploit the potential of the public cloud for emergency mass notification. The offering enables large-scale organizations to reach hundreds of thousands of personnel and account for their safety in minutes. The offering incorporates inherent redundancy through a hot-failover mechanism. It also provides system-level separation between government customers and non-government customers. All data centers are SAS70 Type II certified.

AtHoc’s unique flexible architecture supports more than 2 million government (including military) personnel, deployed via the following architectures:

· Secure Private Cloud Application – for highly secure large organizations using their internal networks

· Secure Public Cloud Application – for small to large organizations from the public cloud

· On-Premise at local sites – supporting unique local needs

· Hybrid – combination of all the above for customers requiring optimization of security, integration capability and lower costs

“AtHoc is proud to be one of the first EMNS vendors to achieve this NIST SP 800-53 certified SaaS service and is excited to be able to offer this new level of security certification to our customers,” said Aviv Siegel, CTO of AtHoc. “Our SaaS offering is available as a service from a remote hosting facility. It will speed deployment for EMNS and eliminate the need for on-site hardware, providing ultimate flexibility for operating a secure emergency notification system across any enterprise, while fully addressing government requirements for security and privacy.”

An accredited and independent third party conducted a thorough audit of AtHoc’s configuration, hosting data centers, security provisions, documentation, processes and security scans. The certification involved review of AtHoc IWSAlerts technical configuration including intrusion detection tools; and its organizational and documented processes (including configuration management, contingency plans, security incident management and others) against all NIST SP 800-53 Rev3 security and privacy controls. The AtHoc system has been recommended for certification and accredited for three years, with annual reviews.

About AtHoc

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. Veteran 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.

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AtHoc Congratulates U.S. Coast Guard on Winning Government Computer News’ Award for Emergency Mass Notification System Based on AtHoc Technology — Press Release

AtHoc Congratulates U.S. Coast Guard on Winning Government Computer News’ Award for Emergency Mass Notification System Based on AtHoc Technology

nnovative AtHoc IWSAlerts Net-Centric Technology Can Send Emergency Alerts and Critical Information to U.S. Coast Guard Personnel and Partners

San Mateo, Calif. (September 15, 2010) AtHoc, Inc., the pioneer and leader in network-centric emergency mass notification systems, today congratulates the United States Coast Guard (USCG) for receiving the Government Computer News (GCN) Agency Award for its enterprise-wide Alert and Warning System 2.0 (AWS 2.0).

The USCG is being recognized by GCN for “Outstanding Information Technology Achievement in Government” for its AWS 2.0, which is built on AtHoc’s IWSAlerts™ net-centric emergency mass notification solution. The system is being used by more than 100 Coast Guard facilities to send alerts to 50,000 Coast Guard personnel and the maritime community. The system is the first of its kind within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and is utilizing the same technology and architecture that has been recognized as best practice within the Department of Defense (DoD).

“The U.S. Coast Guard is to be commended for its approach in using innovative IP-based mass notification technology that enables the agency to meet its missions effectively,” said Guy Miasnik, president and CEO of AtHoc. “AtHoc has experienced a collaborative partnership with the Coast Guard, and this award shows the depth of the team’s commitment to equip USCG personnel and their partners with a net-centric mass notification system to support the safeguarding of people and property. AtHoc IWSAlerts is the standard for the Navy’s emergency mass notification system and currently deployed across many DoD and DHS agencies, protecting more than 1.5 million military and homeland security personnel.”

“AWS 2.0 demonstrates an adoption of an innovative network-centric security and emergency communications system that can reach 50,000 USCG personnel and maritime industry members in minutes, thereby greatly enhancing the USCG’s ability to accomplish its many missions,” said USCG Lt. Commander Ted Kim. “AWS 2.0 can automate personnel recall and continuity of operations and can manage personnel accountability in emergencies. Most recently, the AtHoc-based system was used extensively to support the Coast Guard’s response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.”

AtHoc IWSAlerts provides a comprehensive, unified net-centric system for USCG that allows the agency to manage alert dissemination across multiple communications channels and devices, including telephony alerting, e-mail, SMS text messaging and other devices to help the USCG protect people and property in harm’s way. AWS 2.0 can notify active duty, reserve, auxiliary, civilian, maritime industry partners and other government agencies; can automate personnel recall and continuity of operations; and can manage personnel accountability in emergencies. This unified collaborative capability, which has been extensively used by numerous units around the USCG, provides a single enterprise solution able to send alerts concerning safety, security and environmental protection events to USCG personnel and maritime community members.

Over the years, the GCN Awards have come to symbolize some of the best and most notable IT accomplishments in advancing the work of government agencies. This year’s winning projects were selected from nearly 100 nominations submitted to GCN, based on the degree to which a given IT project improved an agency’s ability to operate more efficiently or serve the public more effectively.

The USCG is one of 10 recipients for this coveted award in 2010 and was selected from a field of 100. The USCG will be formally honored at the GCN Awards Gala, October 27 at the Ritz-Carlton, Tyson’s Corner in McLean, Va.

About AtHoc

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, NASA, 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.

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Fort A.P. Hill Selects AtHoc IWSAlerts Network-Centric Mass Notification System for Force Protection, Public Safety and Personnel Accountability — Press Release

Fort A.P. Hill Selects AtHoc IWSAlerts Network-Centric Mass Notification System for Force Protection, Public Safety and Personnel Accountability

AtHoc Solution Will Provide Unified Emergency Notification Capability Across Entire Enterprise, Including Support for 45,000 Scouts, Leaders and Staff at this Year’s National Scout Jamboree

San Mateo, Calif. (July 28, 2010) AtHoc, Inc., the pioneer and leader in network-centric emergency mass notification systems, today announced that Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia will deploy its award-winning AtHoc IWSAlerts™ system to help alert personnel in an emergency such as extreme weather or man-made threat.

The AtHoc solution will help to leverage existing IP and telephony network services and will employ a centralized, Web-based architecture to deliver fast, reliable and secure emergency notifications to all personnel through multiple communications channels. These include alerts through the telephone, with text messaging, and with intrusive audio/visual pop-up alerts to personnel connected to the IP network via desktop, laptop and any other networked device.

The deployment of AtHoc IWSAlerts mass notification system will have a significant positive impact on the safety of both civilians and military personnel at Fort A.P. Hill. The fort has hosted the Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree every four years since 1981 and is hosting the 100th Anniversary of Scouting Jamboree this year. During this event, AtHoc IWSAlerts will be used to support the safety of approximately 45,000 Boy Scouts and leaders and 270,000-plus visitors, who are expected to attend the event this year.

“Our staff looks forward to using this system under the demand of the National Scout Jamboree to test its effectiveness for the garrison to manage emergency situations and improve our security posture,” said Lt. Col. Jack Haefner, Fort A.P. Hill garrison commander. “This results in our enhanced ability to communicate with garrison and tenant agencies regarding issues that affect our ability to execute our primary mission—to provide the best training and support anywhere.”

Alert responses from recipients will be captured and reported to emergency managers in real time to provide an enterprise personnel accountability picture of the safety and status of all personnel.

“AtHoc network-centric emergency notification enables the U.S. Army at Fort A.P. Hill to support its IMCOM (Installation Management Command) emergency mass notification initiatives with a pervasive system to communicate fast and efficiently to its communities,” stated (Ret.) Army Col. David Brown, director of Army operations for AtHoc. “AtHoc is helping to provide a safe and secure environment at Fort A.P. Hill, using the power and reach of computer networks and the Internet to deliver emergency alerting capabilities. With tens of thousands of Boy Scouts converging on the fort this month, AtHoc IWSAlerts will be used to help the fort immediately respond to any threats.”

AtHoc is the No. 1 provider of network-centric mass notification systems to the U.S. military and is currently deployed at 185 installations, protecting more than 1.5 million personnel worldwide. AtHoc specializes in enterprise deployments supporting entire geographically dispersed organizations – major commands, regions and services – from a private cloud application, hosted at internal Department of Defense data centers.

Fort A.P. Hill, a Regional Training Center located in Virginia, provides realistic joint and combined arms training support to America’s defense forces with nearly 76,000 acres, including a 27,000-acre live fire complex. It is the sixth largest military installation on the East Coast and is used year-round for military training of both active and reserve troops of the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force, as well as other government agencies. These include the Departments of State and Interior; U.S. Customs Service; and federal, state and local security and law enforcement agencies.

About AtHoc

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, NASA, 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.

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United States Army Garrison and Hospital Walter Reed to Deploy AtHoc IWSAlerts Network-Centric Mass Notification Solution — Press Release

United States Army Garrison and Hospital Walter Reed to Deploy AtHoc IWSAlerts Network-Centric Mass Notification Solution

AtHoc Solution Will Alert More than 10,000 Personnel Across Entire Enterprise, Including Three Major Medical Facilities via Multiple Notification Channels

San Mateo, Calif. (July 7, 2010) AtHoc, Inc., the pioneer and leader in network-centric emergency mass notification systems, today announced that the United States Army Garrison Walter Reed and Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) will deploy its award-winning AtHoc IWSAlerts™ system to help alert personnel in the event of an emergency and to rapidly communicate mission-critical information. The planned implementation of AtHoc’s technology will support as many as 10,000 military and civilian personnel at WRAMC, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.

The AtHoc network-centric mass notification system will be deployed onsite behind Walter Reed’s NIPRNet firewall and will run using Microsoft-based servers and databases. The AtHoc solution will use the garrison’s existing IP network services and will leverage a centralized, Web-based architecture to deliver reliable and secure emergency notifications to all personnel. The system is fully compliant with the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) Unified Facilities Criteria and the National Fire Protection Association Alarm and Signaling Code (NFPA 72) for net-centric emergency mass notification.

The AtHoc system will deliver alerts through the telephone, with text messaging, and with intrusive audio/visual pop-up alerts to personnel connected to the IP network via desktop, laptop and any other networked device. Alert responses from recipients will be captured and reported to emergency managers in real time to provide an enterprise personnel accountability picture of the safety and status of all personnel.

In addition to mass emergency alerting, the AtHoc system can be used for healthcare-specific scenarios such as a personnel recall in the event of mass casualty incident, or to quickly disseminate accurate information when dealing with a disease outbreak.

AtHoc is the No. 1 provider of network-centric mass notification systems to the U.S. military and is currently deployed at 185 installations, protecting more than 1.3 million personnel worldwide. AtHoc specializes in enterprise deployments supporting entire geographically dispersed organizations – major commands, regions and services – from a private cloud application, hosted at internal DoD data centers. This new agreement is the latest in a series of significant DoD medical deployments by AtHoc. Recent deals include the U.S. Army Irwin Health Care Clinic at Fort Riley and Lyster Army Medical Clinic at Fort Rucker.

“The agreement with Walter Reed continues the successful rapid adoption of AtHoc IWSAlerts by the U.S. Army to support their command (IMCOM) emergency mass notification initiatives,” stated (Ret.) Army Col. David Brown, director of Army operations for AtHoc. “The scale of this deployment is significant as it clearly demonstrates the enterprise-class capabilities of the AtHoc platform and its ability and flexibility to address the unique requirements of an Army garrison and an Army medical center.”

AtHoc’s innovative solution represents the evolution of mass notification technology to a third generation able to leverage existing IP networks to (a) communicate emergency information rapidly to all 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.

About AtHoc

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, NASA, 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.

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United States Coast Guard Leverages AtHoc IWSAlerts for Emergency Notification during Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill — Press Release

United States Coast Guard Leverages AtHoc IWSAlerts for Emergency Notification during Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

AtHoc Network-Centric Mass Notification System Alerts USCG Personnel, Maritime Industry Partners and Other Government Agencies during Emergency

SAN MATEO, Calif. (June 3, 2010) – To enhance maritime safety and security, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is using AtHoc IWSAlerts™ to support its response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The AtHoc network-centric emergency mass notification system is the enterprise-wide standard for the USCG, capable of reaching 50,000 USCG personnel and maritime industry members with alerts and critical information.

AtHoc IWSAlerts is being used to improve communications and coordination among maritime partners–whether they are industry or other agencies–about the oil spill incident management.

Specifically, the USCG’s enterprise-wide emergency notification system is actively being used for timely external communications such as waterway closures due to the oil spill and conversely to communicate about ports that are open. In addition, the mass notification solution is being employed for communicating internal mission-critical information such as recalls to assist with response to the oil spill incident and notifying USCG staff to report to the USCG command center.

“In the ongoing oil spill disaster, the Coast Guard is using an IP-based emergency mass notification system for internal communications and response tool,” said USCG Lt. Commander Ted Kim. “By using the power of network-centric alerting, we are able to notify the community faster and share and process information about the oil spill. The system’s ability also to collect information from all alert recipients provides us with unprecedented situational awareness based on information received from the entire community. All of which translates into being able to make better decisions more rapidly and communicating them swiftly to all stakeholders.”

The same AtHoc technology used by the USCG serves as the standard of the U.S. Navy (known as the Wide Area Alerting and Notification System – WAAN) and is used throughout the Department of Defense (DoD). In fact, it has been identified by the recent DoD report on the Ft. Hood incident as a best practice for modern mass notification capability.

Having agencies and services across DoD, Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies use the same technology provides a path to solving critical problems of inter-agency communication and interoperability that were identified consistently in after-action-reports of recent emergency events.
The USCG’s Alert and Warning System (AWS) emergency notification system was initially developed to transmit maritime security notifications and receive confirmations from maritime security partners and other stakeholders as required by the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002. AWS has gone through a significant upgrade with the purchase of AtHoc in December 2009 and the integration of the latter with “Homeport,” the Coast Guard’s portal. The upgraded system provides greater usability and functionality and supports additional USCG missions – hurricane preparedness, natural disasters, personnel recalls, search and rescue operations, and waterway closure. The AtHoc solution supports the next generation of AWS for all Coast Guard missions and provides additional capabilities and services to the USCG and maritime partners.

About AtHoc

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. Coast Guard, NASA, 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.

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Pope Air Force Base of Air Mobility Command Deploys AtHoc’s Network-Centric Emergency Mass Notification System — Press Release

Pope Air Force Base of Air Mobility Command Deploys AtHoc’s Network-Centric Emergency Mass Notification System

Pope’s System Is Hosted in Air Force Reserve Command Data Center, Marking First Cross Major Command Hosting Implementation for Mass Notification within U.S. Air Force
San Mateo, CA (May 5, 2010) AtHoc, Inc., the pioneer and leader in network-centric emergency mass notification systems, announced that Air Mobility Command’s (AMC) Pope Air Force Base (AFB) deployed the AtHoc IWSAlerts™ mass emergency alerting system to warn thousands of base personnel in the event of an emergency.

Pope AFB’s mass notification system is co-hosted by the U.S. Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) through its centralized AFRC-based servers. This deployment approach was driven by the fact that Pope AFB includes both AMC and AFRC Wings. Such deployment delivered significant benefits:

  • The ability of operators in Pope’s consolidated Command Post to activate alerts to both Pope’s AMC and AFRC personnel using same system, training and procedures or Concept of Operation (CONOPS)
  • 100% interoperability between the AMC/Pope AFB and AFRC alerting systems
  • Speedy deployment time, achieving full operational status within a few days from contract award
  • Reduced total cost through shared servers and communications infrastructure as well as reduced IT management overhead

This implementation marks the first cross major command hosting via a “private cloud” model implemented within the U.S. Air Force for net-centric mass notification solution, setting the stage for additional cross major command implementations.

As part of AMC, Pope AFB will use its system to warn active duty personnel in times of emergency and to give clear instructions for action and response. AtHoc IWSAlerts will deliver popup notifications to all networked computers at the installation as well as send alerts to cell phones, landline phones and personal communications devices. Additionally, the alerting system integrates Pope AFB’s existing Giant Voice/PA system through a single, unified Web console.

“The Reserve Wing at Pope has used AtHoc for several years. By installing and deploying AtHoc’s alerting system quickly in conjunction with AFRC, not only is Pope AFB enjoying cost savings but also enjoys operational benefits and standardization of training and CONOPS,” said Andy Anderson, Vice President of Operations, Defense Sector for AtHoc. “The hosted AtHoc IWSAlerts model enables Pope AFB to achieve its operational objectives in the most cost efficient way by leveraging state-of-the-art technology and net-centric enterprise-level architecture.”


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AtHoc Receives ‘Positive’ Rating in Report from Leading Industry Analyst Firm for its Mass Notification Offering — Press Release

AtHoc Receives ‘Positive’ Rating in Report from Leading Industry Analyst Firm for its Mass Notification Offering

SAN MATEO, Calif. (March 30, 2010) – AtHoc, Inc., the pioneer and leader in network-centric unified emergency mass notification systems, today announced that AtHoc received a rating of “Positive” from Gartner in its January 2009 report titled, “MarketScope for Emergency and Mass Notification Services” based on evaluation of AtHoc IWSAlerts™.

AtHoc’s IWSAlerts third-generation mass notification technology transforms an organization’s existing IP network into a state-of-the-art mass notification system by:

a) communicating rapidly to all IP-connected devices;

b) integrating and unifying disparate existing mass notification capabilities including networked devices, mobile devices, telephony, sirens, radio and display boards;

c) providing bi-directional communication allowing collection of information and feedback from all personnel; and

d) achieving enterprise-level scalability and processes.

The result is the most effective enterprise-wide mass notification capability with the best cost to benefit ratio.

David Burns, Emergency Manager for University of California, Los Angeles said, “An IP-based approach to mass-notification has delivered significant value to UCLA, unifying our disparate existing communication systems and adding modern digital notification over IP and mobile networks. UCLA’s MNS system (BruinAlert) recently won the GSN Homeland Security Award and the California Emergency Services Association Gold Award for its state-of-the-art emergency alerting system.”

“We believe the positive ranking by Gartner is a significant validation of AtHoc’s leadership position in the mass notification market,” said Guy Miasnik, AtHoc President and CEO. “Our customers come to AtHoc because their requirements demand the best technology and support available. AtHoc’s continuous innovation, coupled with our commitment to our customers and thorough understanding of their evolving needs, are our core strengths. Proven success in environments as diverse as an army base in Iraq, to a university campus in Los Angeles, is testament to AtHoc’s innovative vision for mass notification technology.”

The Gartner MarketScope for Emergency and Mass Notification Services is available to Gartner clients on gartner.com.

About MarketScope

The MarketScope is copyrighted 2010 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The MarketScope is an evaluation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner’s analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the MarketScope, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest rating. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About AtHoc

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. Coast Guard, NASA, UCLA, Microsoft, Boeing and PricewaterhouseCoopers 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, Avaya, 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.

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United States Coast Guard Deploys AtHoc IWSAlerts for its Enterprise-Wide Emergency Mass Notification Solution — Press Release

United States Coast Guard Deploys AtHoc IWSAlerts for its Enterprise-Wide Emergency Mass Notification Solution

AtHoc 3rd Generation Network-Centric Mass Notification System to Alert USCG Personnel, Maritime Industry Partners and Other Government Agencies during Emergency

SAN MATEO, Calif. (January 11, 2010) – AtHoc, Inc., the pioneer and leader in network- centric mass notification systems, today announced the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has deployed AtHoc IWSAlerts™ for its nationwide emergency notification solution. More than 100 USCG facilities, ranging from headquarters, to districts, down to every sector and local station, will use the system which has the capability to reach 50,000 USCG personnel and maritime industry members.

The USCG’s Alert and Warning System (AWS) was initially developed to transmit maritime security notifications and receive confirmations from maritime security partners and stakeholders as required by the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002. AWS is undergoing significant changes to provide greater usability and functionality and to support additional USCG missions – hurricane preparedness, natural disasters, personnel recalls, search and rescue operations, and waterway closure. The AtHoc solution will support the next generation of AWS for all Coast Guard missions and provide additional capabilities and services to the USCG and maritime partners to enhance maritime safety and security.

AtHoc’s enterprise-wide architecture allows deployment in a centralized data center to support the 100 different USCG locations. Each location can have its own local account and maintain information securely on an internal network. The unified approach of the AtHoc system provides centralized alert activation, control and management from a Web-based console.

AtHoc IWSAlerts will deliver emergency alerts over multiple channels, such as voice (via public switched telephone network), landlines, cellular and satellite phone, e-mail, SMS and fax to recipients in dispersed geographical areas or individual units throughout the USCG. Personnel accountability will be accomplished by tracking and managing user responses to alert notifications in real time.

The AtHoc solution is integrated with “Homeport,” the Coast Guard’s Internet portal. Homeport supports the secure information-sharing requirements established by the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002. Complete, seamless and continuous integration will occur between the AtHoc solution and the USCG’s user directories through the application of open standards such as the Local Directory Access Protocol and Active Directory.

“The U.S. Coast Guard’s deployment of AtHoc’s network-centric mass notification solution as its enterprise standard reaffirms the power and flexibility of the AtHoc IWSAlerts platform, as was proven by AtHoc’s extensive DoD deployment,” said Guy Miasnik, president and CEO of AtHoc. “The Coast Guard sought a reliable, enterprise-wide solution that could disseminate sensitive but unclassified alerts to its personnel, maritime industry partners and other government agencies, rapidly and with high confidence. Given the USCG’s leading role in national security and homeland defense, AtHoc is honored to be selected as the mass notification solution partner to provide these critical capabilities that are needed to carry out USCG’s important mission.”

About AtHoc

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, MIR3, Avaya, 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.

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Lyster Health Clinic to Deploy AtHoc’s Network-Centric Mass Notification Supporting Clinic’s Emergency Preparedness Plan for H1N1 Pandemic and Other Threats — Press Release

Lyster Health Clinic to Deploy AtHoc’s Network-Centric Mass Notification Supporting Clinic’s Emergency Preparedness Plan for H1N1 Pandemic and Other Threats

AtHoc IWSAlerts to Enhance Force Protection and Provide Unified Emergency Notification Capability to Clinic Personnel

SAN MATEO, Calif. (November 13, 2009) – AtHoc, Inc., the pioneer and leader in network-centric emergency notification systems, today announced the Lyster Army Health Clinic will deploy the AtHoc IWSAlerts™ third-generation mass emergency alerting system to help protect staff and patients. Lyster Army Health Clinic is located at Fort Rucker in Alabama. The clinic provides primary care and ancillary services to a military population that consists of active duty service members, their families, a large retiree population and their family members.

Lyster will rely on AtHoc IWSAlerts to notify personnel about threats faced by most domestic military installations–threats posed by weather or man-made sources. However, as a medical organization, Lyster will leverage network technology for the rapid delivery of alerts for clinic-related operational communications. These can range from biological or chemical contaminations; communication of epidemic or pandemic information; or a staff recall with a large influx of patients due to a mass casualty incident. In addition to outward bound notifications, Lyster will be able to connect to external sources of alerts, such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), to automate the dissemination of local or national CDC information such as recent Swine Flu (H1N1) updates.

Maintaining the privacy of personnel information is a requirement of all health care organizations. Using AtHoc IWSAlerts, Lyster clinic personal information will be deployed behind the firewall and kept highly secure.

The deployment of AtHoc’s IWSAlerts at Lyster represents another step in the Department of Defense medical community’s adoption 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.

“We look forward to deploying our award-winning mass alerting solution at the Lyster Army Health Clinic. Along with Irwin Army Hospital at Fort Riley, the deployment of AtHoc’s IWSAlerts at Lyster Army Health Clinic demonstrates the ability of our network-based mass notification system to meet the unique requirements of large DoD health care organizations,” said Andy Anderson, Vice President of Defense Operations for AtHoc. “AtHoc continues to be adopted by more and more DoD medical community organizations, including the Navy’s BUMED and Army and Air Force clinics and hospitals.”

About AtHoc

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, MIR3, Avaya, 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.

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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center to Deploy AtHoc IWSAlerts for Organization-wide Emergency Notification — Press Release

U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center to Deploy AtHoc IWSAlerts for Organization-wide Emergency Notification

Centralized Installation of Emergency Alerting Solution Will Provide Notification Capabilities to 2,500 Personnel Across the United States

SAN MATEO, Calif. (August 10, 2009) – AtHoc Inc., the pioneer and leader in network-centric emergency notification systems, today announced the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) will deploy AtHoc IWSAlerts™ to provide emergency mass notification to its entire population of roughly 2,500 personnel across the United States.

The deployment of AtHoc IWSAlerts IP-based mass notification system will enable the command’s emergency planners to rapidly deliver emergency alerts via multiple devices such as computers, cell and landline phones, and ERDC’s existing public address system through a single, unified Web console.

ERDC’s adoption of a unified, network-centric alerting system represents another step in the Department of Defense’s rollout of third-generation mass notification technology. Leveraging existing IP networks and integrating existing mass notification capabilities results in an effective enterprise-wide system that is able to alert all personnel and receive feedback on their status.

As the Army’s top research lab, ERDC provides science, technology and expertise in engineering and environmental science in support of the U.S. Armed Forces and the nation. ERDC is part of the Corps of Engineers and provides research and development in the areas of warfighter support, environmental quality, water resources and civil works, and information technology. In support of this work, ERDC has seven laboratories located in Vicksburg, Miss., Champaign, Ill., Hanover, N.H., and Alexandria, Va.

ERDC will deploy AtHoc’s network-centric emergency notification solution to leverage its IP network to quickly reach personnel through any network-connected device in case of an emergency. By using the IP network, organizations can send information about the evolving emergency, provide detailed instructions for action based on the recipient’s role within the organization and receive recipient responses via a feedback mechanism.
AtHoc IWSAlerts will be deployed centrally at ERDC headquarters in Vicksburg with a secondary failover site in Champaign. Each lab will be able to access AtHoc IWSAlerts through the Web to notify local personnel, and commanders and emergency operators at Vicksburg will also have the ability to alert all personnel at all locations as necessary.

In order to ensure accurate and up-to-date personnel contact information, AtHoc IWSAlerts will integrate with ERDC’s Active Directory system. Using the AtHoc IWSAlerts self-service module, ERDC personnel can also update their own contact information directly through an easy-to-use portal.

“ERDC is responsible for mission-critical projects ranging from measuring Arctic temperatures to testing vehicle mobility in sand,” said Colonel David W. Brown (Ret.), director of U.S. Army operations for AtHoc. “We are delighted to be able to help support the ERDC in its mission by keeping the research center informed and safe in times of emergency.”

About AtHoc

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 and 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.

For more information on AtHoc, please visit http://www.athoc.com.

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U.S. Army’s Fort Bliss to Deploy AtHoc’s Network-Centric Mass Notification System to Enhance Force Protection Capability — Press Release

U.S. Army’s Fort Bliss to Deploy AtHoc’s Network-Centric Mass Notification System to Enhance Force Protection Capability

Company’s Enterprise-Class Solution Will Provide Emergency Mass Notification to More Than 7,500 Personnel

SAN MATEO, Calif. (July 15, 2009) – AtHoc, Inc., the pioneer and leader in network-centric emergency notification systems, today announced a deal with the U.S. Army’s Fort Bliss to deploy a network-centric emergency alerting system. Located in Texas and New Mexico, Fort Bliss is the U.S. Army’s largest training center.

The deployment of AtHoc IWSAlerts™ IP-based mass notification system will enable the command’s emergency planners to rapidly deliver emergency alerts via multiple devices such as computers, cell and landline phones, and the fort’s existing public address system through a single, unified Web console.

Fort Bliss’ adoption of a unified, network-centric alerting system represents another step in the Department of Defense’s rollout of third-generation mass notification technology. Leveraging existing IP networks and integrating existing mass notification capabilities results in an effective enterprise-wide system able to alert all personnel and receive feedback on their status.

“We are excited about working with the command at Fort Bliss and as we continue to expand AtHoc’s presence in the U.S. Army,” said (Ret.) Army Colonel David Brown, Director of Army Operations for AtHoc. “The Fort Bliss installation presented some unique challenges for mass notification. The network-centric architecture of AtHoc IWSAlerts was a perfect solution for the fort’s needs. Our third-generation solution will leverage the IP network to rapidly communicate with all personnel using their networked devices and seamlessly integrate with the fort’s existing telephony and giant voice systems to provide a pervasive and rapid mass alerting system.”

About AtHoc

AtHoc is the pioneer and recognized leader in providing enterprise-class, network-centric emergency notification systems to military, government and commercial organizations for physical security, force protection and personnel accountability. 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, DCC and others to bring these notification solutions to the public and commercial markets.

For more information on AtHoc, please visit http://www.athoc.com.

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Admiral Thomas B. Fargo, USN (Ret.), Joins AtHoc’s Board of Directors — Press Release

Admiral Thomas B. Fargo, USN (Ret.), Joins AtHoc’s Board of Directors

Former U.S. Pacific Commander Expands Military Expertise on AtHoc Board to Support Critical Department of Defense and Homeland Defense Operations

SAN MATEO, Ca. (May 27, 2009) – AtHoc, Inc., the pioneer and leader in network-centric emergency notification systems, today announced the appointment of Admiral Thomas B. Fargo, USN (Ret.), former Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, to the company’s board of directors.

Admiral Fargo has been part of the AtHoc team since late 2007, serving as a member of the company’s strategic advisory board. With the appointment to the AtHoc board of directors, Admiral Fargo broadens his role by working with the AtHoc executive team and fellow board members to help set the company’s business strategy.

“After serving as an AtHoc advisor for nearly two years, I welcome the opportunity to extend my role and work with the AtHoc board to help align the company with the military’s evolving and expanding needs for emergency notification capabilities,” said Admiral Fargo. “As a past naval commander, I have a vested interest in helping my former colleagues prepare for critical missions and emergency operations. I look forward to serving on the AtHoc board and helping address current Department of Defense, government agency and first responder community needs while also adding value for AtHoc.”

As the former senior U.S. military commander in East Asia, the Pacific and Indian Ocean, Admiral Fargo led the largest unified command while directing the joint operations of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. He will offer valuable insight across the entire range of AtHoc’s business opportunities.

Admiral Fargo retired from the military on March 28, 2005, after a distinguished career serving the U.S. Navy and the Department of Defense. He was the 20th officer to hold the position of Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command. He was responsible to the President and the Secretary of Defense and was the U.S. military representative for collective defense arrangements in the Pacific.

“It’s an honor to welcome a leader of the caliber of Admiral Fargo to our board,” said Guy Miasnik, president and CEO of AtHoc. “Admiral Fargo’s background and expertise in defense and homeland security will further strengthen our market position and our ability to continue our significant growth momentum while assuring in-depth understanding of the requirements of this market.”

About AtHoc

AtHoc is the pioneer and recognized leader in providing enterprise-class, network-centric emergency notification systems to military, government and commercial organizations for physical security, force protection and personnel accountability. 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.

For more information on AtHoc, please visit http://www.athoc.com.

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U.S. Air Force Central Command Awards $5.4 Million Contract to License AtHoc IWSAlerts Network-Centric Emergency Notification System – Press Release

AtHoc Software Selected for Theater-Wide Deployment to all USAFCENT Installations, Including Iraq and Afghanistan

SAN MATEO, Ca. (January 21, 2009) – AtHoc, Inc., the pioneer and leader in network-centric emergency notification systems, today announced the U.S. Air Force Central Command (USAFCENT) has awarded a $5.4 million contract for a theater-wide deployment of AtHoc IWSAlerts™ . Through this award, AtHoc has become the network-centric emergency mass notification standard for the entire command and will be deployed at all USAFCENT installations in Iraq, Afghanistan and other allied nations.

USAFCENT is the air component of the United States Central Command (CENTCOM). It is responsible for air operations, either unilaterally or in concert with coalition partners, and for contingency planning to support CENTCOM’s 20-nation area of responsibility in Southwest Asia. Once deployed, AtHoc IWSAlerts will provide a command-wide alerting solution for reaching all personnel within the command while also providing each installation with its own local alerting system.

AtHoc has a proven track record in the Department of Defense (DoD). AtHoc solutions today are being used to support more than 1.2 million DoD personnel across 150 installations worldwide, of which 500,000 are Air Force personnel. Installations and commands throughout the DoD benefit from AtHoc’s unified alerting approach, enterprise-wide architecture, reliability and ease of use.

AtHoc IWSAlerts will be deployed over SIPRNET and NIPRNET, providing emergency alerting over USAFCENT’s classified and unclassified networks. The system will also be integrated with Microsoft SharePoint to support data inputs and delivery outputs, leveraging local Microsoft SharePoint implementations. Failover support will also be implemented for redundancy purposes and continuity of operations. Cisco IP and telephony communication infrastructure is also used by AFCENT and can be leveraged by the deployment.

“The combination of AtHoc’s solution, which runs on the Microsoft stack, and Microsoft SharePoint provides a powerful alerting platform that manages the entire alerting process – from receiving threat information to disseminating alerts to the people who need them,” said Teresa Carlson, vice president, U.S. federal government, Microsoft Corp. “USAFCENT now has access to a powerful, highly versatile solution that enhances command-wide responses to emergencies. This type of situational awareness allows the command to enact the appropriate response to threats that can range from enemy attacks to extreme weather.”

“AtHoc is honored to be trusted by USAFCENT to provide emergency alerting to all of its personnel deployed in the most intense battlefronts,” said Guy Miasnik, president and CEO of AtHoc. “Our mission-tested systems have already been proven through many real-life emergencies, including protecting our Army troops in Iraq and Air Force personnel worldwide, and they are a perfect fit for USAFCENT’s needs. At the end of the day, it’s all about protecting lives by getting the word out as quickly as possible to troops wherever they are located.”

About AtHoc

AtHoc is the pioneer and recognized leader in providing enterprise-class, network-centric emergency notification systems to military, government and commercial organizations for physical security, force protection and personnel accountability. 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.

For more information on AtHoc, please visit http://www.athoc.com.

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