Recently acquired by BlackBerry, AtHoc has been chosen to be utilized by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at more than 200 major airports across the nation.
The TSA has been employing AtHoc since 2011 at more than 100 TSA coordination centers, now the program is being expanded across 200 airports, for use between multiple Department of Homeland Security Agencies.
From the press release:
The AtHoc deployment will support two primary use cases. First, the ability to alert airport stationed personnel in times of crisis, such as weather related closures, active shooter, terrorist activity, as well as procedural changes and similar applications with instantaneous confirmation of alert receipt. Second, post-alert, full and immediate accountability of affected TSA staff to include status, location, and geographic representation by organizational level and function. These use cases enable TSA leadership to take decisive action and subsequent steps to affected locations; implement crisis response procedures, initiate staff recalls, determine ready to work status, and identify those in need of assistance.
TSA has now enabled similar practices also achieved by two other DHS agencies – Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) – within their AtHoc based systems to effectively communicate with airport staff in times of crisis. With these three Homeland Security agencies now deployed to airports, interoperability among the agencies as well as with external stakeholders may be achieved via AtHoc Connect. This latest AtHoc innovation, available to all AtHoc customers, interconnects agencies and enables secure information sharing across disparate organizations. AtHoc Connect also includes the ability to create invitations for non-AtHoc users to participate on demand, thereby reaching external supporting organizations with crisis information exchange.
And our world just got a little safer, thanks to BlackBerry.