SAN MATEO, Calif., March 11, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AtHoc, Inc., the leader in network-centric interactive crisis communication systems, today announced that the U.S. Air Force has integrated training for operations of the AtHoc Interactive Warning System (AtHoc IWS) into its standard curriculum for educating and certifying command and control personnel stationed around the world.
As part of the Air Education and Training Command school based at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss., all personnel assigned as command post controllers at Air Force bases around the world are trained during a six-week course on operational readiness and emergency management response processes. Participants graduate and are assigned to command posts at Air Force bases all over the globe, where their training is continued on site to perform their duties for manning the nerve center of operations for each base.
The school's inaugural graduating class is comprised of 12 students with the IWS training who received their diplomas on Friday, March 7, 2014. The ceremony was attended by Dave Brown, vice president, AtHoc Defense and Intelligence Group.
"Integrating training of IWS into its command control curriculum is a testament to the vision of the Air Force for streamlining operations and emergency response processes into a single, unified approach," said Brown. "Air Force bases around the world, large and small, face any number of complex threats and scenarios impacting their operational ability. Crisis communications and mass notification are crucial for ensuring uninterrupted operations. By educating personnel from the very beginning of their training as command control specialists, the Air Force helps ensure a consistent, unified approach needed to address any number of different situations that might develop on base."
The AtHoc IWS solution uses the IP network to bring interactive communications capabilities to organizations. Warning messages can be sent to all personnel with the push of a button using any combination of sirens, radios, computer desktop pop-up alerts, instant messages, digital signs, texts, emails, VoIP audio/visual phones, mobile or smartphones and more. Rich media content—photos, videos and maps—can be shared among personnel, emergency teams and first responders. Scalable and highly available voice telephony alerting capabilities are leveraging Cisco Unified Communications Manager as a multi-path architecture.
AtHoc is the recognized leader, innovator and trusted partner in network-centric interactive crisis communication systems. AtHoc's products are used for physical security, employee protection, personnel accountability, staff recall and regulatory compliance for military, homeland security, government, healthcare, industrial and commercial organizations.
Millions of end-users worldwide rely on AtHoc's unified notification systems for their emergency alerting and critical communication needs in organizations such as Microsoft, Eastman Chemical, USS-POSCO Industries, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Baylor Scott & White Health, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), UCLA, U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
AtHoc was recently awarded Government Security News' (GSN) award for Best Mass Notification System and has also been recognized by Gartner, Inc. as a leader in its Magic Quadrant for Emergency Mass Notification Services and by IHS Inc. as The Fastest Growing Mass Notification Software Supplier. For more information about AtHoc, please visit www.athoc.com.
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