US Army awards Blackberry software with certificate of networthiness and authority to operate
Aug 12, 2016
San Mateo, California – August 10, 2016 – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in secure mobile communications, today announced that its AtHoc software has received a Certificate of Networthiness (CoN) and Authority to Operate (ATO) with the US Army through April 2019. The fulfillment of these essential information assurance and security requirements means that the AtHoc networked crisis communication software will remain in uninterrupted use protecting nearly 600,000 US Army personnel at more than 65 Army facilities around the world.
AtHoc’s highly-secure platform delivers critical information to Soldiers and assigned personnel during emergencies. Its interoperable, networked crisis communication technology coordinates rapid responses to accidents, severe weather, explosions, natural disasters, active shooter incidents, and other urgent situations, as well as address personnel accountability and recall requirements.
“We have more than a decade of experience as one of the foundational elements for crisis communications across the US military, now supporting all four branches of the Service,” said David Acevedo, Director of Army and Joint Programs at BlackBerry’s AtHoc division. “This confirmation of our technology and leadership will help protect lives and property for American service members around the world. It is an honor and a privilege to be able to continue this close relationship with the US Army.”
The US Army has deployed BlackBerry’s AtHoc software to alert and protect thousands of personnel, in accordance with DoD Instruction 6055.17 requirements that emergency management must be able to reach all personnel within ten minutes or less. As a key enterprise system, AtHoc can be made available to every Army post, camp, and station as a central component of their emergency communication systems. AtHoc is one of the few Emergency Mass Notification Systems solutions on the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Approved Product List (APL) with both an Army ATO and CoN.
In addition to protecting nearly 600,000 personnel in the US Army, AtHoc protects over 225,000 active-duty Marines, sailors, and civilians, as well as more than 375,000 Navy and more than 500,000 Air Force personnel. Other US military organizations using AtHoc include the US Central Command (CENTCOM), US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), US Special Operations Command (SOCOM), US Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), US Strategic Command (STRATCOM), Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA), Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), the Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA), and many others.