The US Navy has extended AtHoc’s contract for the delivery of IWSAlerts for unified emergency mass notifications (EMNS) through 2017.

Under the three-year $9.2m contract, AtHoc will continue to offer the same critical communications platform deployed during numerous crisis circumstances and serve the navy and its more than 375,000 personnel throughout 96 bases globally.

AtHoc Technology and Navy Programs director Jeff Hoyle said: "The Navy’s private enterprise cloud deployment of AtHoc’s Interactive Warning System on both the Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) and OCONUS Navy Enterprise Network (ONE-NET) validates the security, scalability and effectiveness of this critical life safety system."

The EMNS will provide alerts and associated emergency communications to all personnel across smartphones, mobile devices and desktops, as well as laptops and landline phones.

AtHoc Defense and Intelligence Group vice president Dave Brown said: "The nature of the work by Naval personnel requires us to constantly push the envelope in innovating and developing the most advanced, secure, and reliable platform for interactive crisis communication."

In order to support multisite organisations, the system uses secure private cloud architecture to provide substantial efficiencies in implementation, maintenance and training needed for alerting each individual group and location.

Currently, more than two million federal and military personnel from the US Navy, US Marine Corps, US Air Force, US Army Materiel Command, US Department of Veterans and US Coast Guard use AtHoc systems. The system is also in use with other agencies, including the Pentagon (PFPA), the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA), the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and Customs Border Protection.

Defence Technology