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BlackBerry to buy crisis communication firm

BlackBerry to buy crisis communication firm
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BlackBerry Limited, a global leader in secure mobile communications, has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire AtHoc, a provider of secure, networked crisis communications.
AtHoc software platform enables people, devices and organisations to exchange critical information in real time during business continuity and life safety operations, according to the company.
The companies did not disclose terms of the transaction but Blackberry says the acquisition is expected to be completed in its 2016 fiscal third quarter “and is subject to customary closing conditions.”
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Under the plan, the AtHoc platform will integrate with BlackBerry’s enterprise portfolio and trusted global network to offer customers new capabilities for safety, security and mission-critical business communication.
According to Blackberry, the acquisition will enable AtHoc to expand globally and increase scale, as well as deliver new applications on a secure platform for mass communication. For example, new applications may include integrating AtHoc solutions with BBM Meetings during an alert to enable live video feeds or transmit messages to provide real-time collaboration by leaders and decision makers.
AtHoc’s networked crisis communications platform alerts any device – including iOS, Android, PC and Mac desktops, digital displays, radios, IP phones, and endpoints such as sirens, fire panels and speakers – helping organisations and people to connect and share information in times of crisis.
“BlackBerry is making strategic investments in security, privacy and the Internet of Things, and acquiring AtHoc will enable us to provide a holistic, end-to-end approach to communications,” John Chen, BlackBerry Executive Chairman and CEO says. “We have a proud history of securing mission-critical communications for the public sector as well as enterprises operating in the most highly regulated industries. AtHoc’s technology and expertise will play a key role as BlackBerry works to connect and secure a broad range of endpoints.”
“AtHoc and BlackBerry share a common vision of a securely connected world,” Guy Miasnik, President and CEO, AtHoc adds. “Federal departments, state and local agencies, and commercial enterprises alike depend on AtHoc to communicate reliably during their most critical moments. Becoming part of BlackBerry will give us the ability to scale more quickly to expand our global reach and introduce new applications for the AtHoc platform, while continuing to serve our government and enterprise customers.”
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