The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has selected BlackBerry's AtHoc for its new highly secure alerting and crisis communication system. Under the new partnership, the two companies hope to enhance the way in which alerts are shared with key staff members, on call personnel and decision makers during a crisis.
With AtHoc, the WMATA will be able to ensure that Personally Identifiable Information (PPI) is protected at all times. Full details of the new partnership can be found below.
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Selects BlackBerry's AtHoc for Business Continuity and Crisis Communication
Major Regional Transit Authority Deploys AtHoc Technology to Create a Secure Regional Crisis Communication Network
SAN MATEO, CALIFORNIA--(Marketwired - Nov. 3, 2015) - BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB), a global leader in secure mobile communications, today announced that Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has selected AtHoc, a division of BlackBerry, for its new highly secure alerting and crisis communication system. WMATA's primary objective for this stage of deployment within the IT organization is to be able to distribute certain actionable information to and from the Information Technology's (IT) Metro Enterprise Monitoring Center (MEMC), Helpdesk and Customer Services sections within the Office of Data Center and Infrastructure (DCI). The new AtHoc system enhances how alerts and critical events are shared with key staff members, on call personnel and decision makers. Protecting Personally Identifiable Information (PII) was a critical requirement, which AtHoc's highly secure infrastructure and technology was able to deliver.
Serving the Washington Metropolitan area, WMATA must coordinate with a large number of internal departments and external agencies in times of crisis. Leveraging this deployment, WMATA will use AtHoc Connect(TM), AtHoc's platform for secure interoperable crisis communication to create secure, unified crisis communication network that enables rapid communication between internal teams, first responders, local facilities, and key decision makers. Such information sharing includes cross-agency exchange of messages results in improved situational awareness and rapid coordinated response. Additional organizations WMATA is targeting to join the new network include several adjacent airports, county law enforcement agencies including fire, rescue, as well as multiple Federal agencies.
"Our first priority is to ensure that critical communications are sent out reliably and securely," said Claude Swanson, Chief of Data Center & Infrastructures for WMATA. "The ability to securely coordinate and communicate with our staff, decision makers and external organizations in critical situations is of tremendous value to WMATA to ensure actions are communicated to the right people quickly."
"We welcome the opportunity to partner with WMATA in the organizationally diverse and critical National Capital Region." said Dubhe Beinhorn, Vice President of AtHoc's Homeland Security and Government Group. "We are proud to support WMATA's innovative achievements in safety and technology leadership."
WMATA operates and maintains a safe, reliable and effective transit system that enhances mobility, improves the quality of life, and stimulates economic development in the Washington metropolitan area. For more information about the WMATA, please visit www.wmata.com.