BlackBerry today announced that the U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms Office (Sergeant at Arms) has awarded a multi-million dollar order for the BlackBerry AtHoc crisis communications software to power the Sergeant at Arms' Joint Emergency Mass Notification Systems (JEMNS) over five years.

It's critical for the nation's political epicenter to be prepared with a unified communications system to swiftly and securely communicate in the event of an emergency, says John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO of BlackBerry. "As the leading provider of crisis communication software to the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, AtHoc has demonstrated the ability to enable highly secure information-exchange for the world's most demanding organizations. The U.S. Senate is joining more than three million US federal government personnel today in using BlackBerry's AtHoc software for their crisis communications capability."

The announcement today, marks the second large engagement between BlackBerry's AtHoc and Leidos, which also partnered to provide the US Army their global mass notification under the Emergency Management Modernization Program.

BlackBerry software selected for U.S. Senate crisis communications on Capitol Hill

Led by U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms Office, BlackBerry's Highly Secure AtHoc Software to be implemented for Critical Alerts across United States Capitol Complex

NEW YORK – BLACKBERRY SECURITY SUMMIT – July 19, 2016 – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in secure mobile communications, today announced that the U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms Office (Sergeant at Arms) has awarded a multi-million dollar order for the BlackBerry AtHoc crisis communications software to power the Sergeant at Arms' Joint Emergency Mass Notification Systems (JEMNS) over five years. With full spectrum enterprise level alerting and accountability, JEMNS powered by AtHoc provides secure notification and communications in times of crisis for as many as 50,000 individuals working and visiting the US Capitol Complex.

This announcement marks the second large engagement between BlackBerry's AtHoc and Leidos, which also partnered to provide the US Army their global mass notification under the Emergency Management Modernization Program. Full implementation of the JEMNS based on the AtHoc solution will be achieved over the coming months, with Leidos providing direct support and help desk support to the Congressional community.

"It's critical for the nation's political epicenter to be prepared with a unified communications system to swiftly and securely communicate in the event of an emergency," says John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO of BlackBerry. "As the leading provider of crisis communication software to the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, AtHoc has demonstrated the ability to enable highly secure information-exchange for the world's most demanding organizations. The U.S. Senate is joining more than three million US federal government personnel today in using BlackBerry's AtHoc software for their crisis communications capability."

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About BlackBerry

BlackBerry is securing a connected world, delivering innovative solutions across the entire mobile ecosystem and beyond. We secure the world's most sensitive data across all end points – from cars to smartphones – making the mobile-first enterprise vision a reality. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company trades under the ticker symbols "BB" on the Toronto Stock Exchange and "BBRY" on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com.

About AtHoc

AtHoc, a division of BlackBerry Limited, is the pioneer and recognized leader in networked crisis communication, protecting millions of people and thousands of organizations around the world. AtHoc provides a seamless and reliable exchange of critical information among organizations, their people and devices. A trusted partner to the world's most demanding customers, AtHoc is the leading provider to the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, and safeguards numerous other government agencies and leading commercial enterprises. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, AtHoc operates around the globe. For more information about AtHoc, please visit www.athoc.com.