Fort Riley to Improve Security and Emergency Response Using AtHoc IWSAlerts for Network-Centric Emergency Notification

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Network-based Emergency Notification System will Alert Fort Personnel to Physical Threats in an Average of One Minute - AtHoc, Inc. today announced that the U.S. Army installation at Fort Riley, Kansas has selected AtHoc’s IWSAlerts for critical alerting related to operational readiness, force protection and anti-terror warnings. Fort Riley will deploy AtHoc’s networked mass notification system for installation-wide emergency alerting against natural and man-made threats.

Fort Riley’s mission includes training, readiness and deployment support for two brigade combat teams, one engineer group and other corps forces. The Fort provides planning, mobilization, validation, and demobilization for active and reserve units and individuals. To protect Fort personnel from threats ranging from an approaching tornado to a terrorist attack, the installation will rely on AtHoc IWSAlerts to notify all computers connected to the Forts’ networks whenever a threat is identified.

The emergency alert system, in the form of pop-up windows accompanied by an audio alarm, describes the threat, categorizes the threat level and includes instructions for action. The alerts can be sent to a computer screen, cell phone or personal digital assistant (PDA). These alerts comply with signals and messaging specifications appropriate to Force Protection Conditions (FPCONs), watches, warnings, evacuation routes, battle staff directives and other federal, Department of Defense (DoD) and Army-specific emergency notifications.

“Fort Riley takes being prepared for an emergency very seriously. While our most common threats are tornadoes – we’re right in the middle of tornado alley – we need to be prepared to respond to any emergency,” said Steven Seals, information technology planner for Fort Riley. “Using a network-centric alerting system, we can quickly alert all personnel connected to the network. This dramatically increases our alerting reach in times of emergency. It also increases the amount of information we can communicate about the threat.”

Using AtHoc IWSAlerts, Fort personnel will be informed about a threat and receive instructions for action within an average of one minute from the alert being sent – whether they are outdoors or inside buildings and bunkers.

“In emergencies, the single most critical factor for successful threat mitigation is time – how quickly can you alert people with relevant information,” said Guy Miasnik, president and CEO for AtHoc. “Using AtHoc IWSAlerts, Ft. Riley will improve installation security by helping quickly alert thousands of personnel with information about threats in an average of one minute. Whether the threat is a fire, tornado or the unthinkable – a terrorist attack – the fort will be better prepared to communicate information and more effectively respond.”

AtHoc IWSAlerts is one of the few commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) networked alerting systems that has Defense Information Technology Security Certification and Accreditation Process (DITSCAP) certification. The emergency notification software includes provisions for secure communication, authentication and encryption using DoD and industry-standard PKI-encryption technologies.

About AtHoc, Inc.

AtHoc provides enterprise-class, network-centric alerting systems for emergency notifications, force protection readiness, anti-terror warnings and critical communications. AtHoc offers a broad set of alerting solutions for the government/defense agencies and commercial enterprises, including IWSAlerts™ for Network-Centric Emergency Notifications; C2Alerts™ for Targeted User Alerts in Command & Control / C4I Operations Center; KMAlerts™ for Knowledge and Intelligence Dissemination; and EmployeeAlerts™ for Corporate Emergency Communications. AtHoc has partnered with Microsoft, Northrop Grumman and IBM to bring these notifications solutions to the enterprise market. The U.S. Strategic Command, U.S. Air Force, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Boeing, eBay and Juniper Networks are some of the world-class organizations that have selected and deployed AtHoc for their critical enterprise notifications needs.

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