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BlackBerry’s Acquisition of AtHoc has been Finalized

logo_athoc_blackberryA few months ago it was made known that BlackBerry was intending to acquire AtHoc; which provides emergency communications during crisis situations.  This morning it was made public that the deal has now beeen officially finalized.  AtHoc will will now be ran as a division of BlackBerry, and their CEO Guy Miasnik joining the BlackBerry Senior Leadership Team.

AtHoc will lend itself to BlackBerry’s ever growing portfolio of enterprise solutions, and bring a lot of great clients with them like the TSA and Red Cross. Check out the full press release below

BLACKBERRY COMPLETES ATHOC ACQUISITION

Networked crisis communications leader broadens BlackBerry’s portfolio of secure solutions for the connected world

Waterloo, Ontario – September 23, 2015 BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in secure mobile communications, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of AtHoc, a leading provider of secure, networked crisis communications. AtHoc will operate as a division of BlackBerry. AtHoc’s Chief Executive Officer, Guy Miasnik, will lead the division as part of BlackBerry’s senior leadership team reporting to John Chen, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  

The AtHoc software platform enables people, devices and organizations to exchange critical information in real time during business continuity and life safety operations. The platform securely connects with a diverse set of endpoints, including mobile devices running iOS and Android, PC and Mac desktops, digital displays, radios, IP phones, sirens, fire panels and speakers to facilitate collaboration and enhance situational awareness. AtHoc is recognized as a “Leader” by industry analyst firm Gartner, and at the highest position for ability to execute on the firm’s Magic Quadrant for U.S. Emergency/Mass Notification Services1.

AtHoc has customers around the world in both the public and private sectors, and is the leading crisis communications provider to the U.S. Departments of Defense (DoD) and Homeland Security (DHS). AtHoc helps safeguard millions of people and thousands of organizations, including leading international corporations in high technology, heavy industry, and other mission critical industries including healthcare institutions and the vast majority of U.S. federal agencies – including the U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. Department of Energy, the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration.

The company most recently announced that it has been selected by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA), a component agency of the DHS, to provide crisis communications for all TSA staff across more than 200 major airports. More organizations are becoming aware of the need for mass communication and collaboration with new legislation such as the DHS Interoperable Communications Act. AtHoc is well positioned to support compliance with this law, which requires homeland security agencies to maintain interoperable communications for daily operations, planned events and emergencies.

AtHoc technology enhances BlackBerry’s mission to provide secure communication solutions for the connected world. It will integrate with BlackBerry’s enterprise portfolio of cross-platform solutions and trusted global network to enable new capabilities for safety, security and mission-critical business communications. For example, new applications may include integrating AtHoc solutions with WatchDox for secure distribution of confidential documents during emergency situations. As part of BlackBerry’s value added solutions, AtHoc’s current portfolio will continue to be made available, including solutions such as AtHoc Connect™, which enable organizations to create their own secure, permission-based communities of individuals and groups that share critical messages and rich media during a crisis to rapidly resolve emergencies in real time assuring business continuity and support for life safety operations.

For more information about BlackBerry and AtHoc, please visit www.blackberry.com/athoc.

[1] Gartner Magic Quadrant for U.S. Emergency/Mass Notification Services, 31 March 2014, Gartner

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry is securing a connected world, delivering innovative solutions across the entire mobile ecosystem and beyond. We secure the world’s most sensitive data across all end points – from cars to smartphones – making the mobile-first enterprise vision a reality. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company trades under the ticker symbols “BB” on the Toronto Stock Exchange and “BBRY” on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com.

About AtHoc

AtHoc, a division of BlackBerry Limited, is the pioneer and recognized leader in networked crisis communication, protecting millions of people and thousands of organizations around the world. AtHoc provides a seamless and reliable exchange of critical information among organizations, their people and devices. A trusted partner to the world’s most demanding customers, AtHoc is the leading provider to the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, and safeguards numerous other government agencies and leading commercial enterprises. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, the company operates around the globe. For more information about AtHoc, please visit www.athoc.com.

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  1. I’m not a technical kid, would someone be kind enough to say these in layman’s terms :)

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