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.
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.
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