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BlackBerry to Create New “Super Enterprise” for DHS

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded BlackBerry® a new seven-year contract to create and sustain its new Super Enterprise for Personnel Emergency Notification System (PENS). The IDIQ (Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity) software and services contract calls for BlackBerry, American Systems, and 4 Points Technology to partner on delivering the solution, which will make the BlackBerry® AtHoc® critical event management system available to DHS and all its components. 

DHS has a vital mission, which is to secure the nation from threats. Personnel accountability is critically important to this mission, particularly in the event of a crisis or disaster. DHS will use BlackBerry® AtHoc® as a department-wide communication and visibility solution for all its employees and contractors. BlackBerry AtHoc, the most secure critical event management (CEM) solution, will deliver “Super Enterprise” capabilities, meaning that the solution can be tailored to each DHS component while serving as an enterprise-wide system.

“BlackBerry has been a proud partner of the United States Federal Government for almost 30 years. We are honored to expand our contribution to the nation with BlackBerry AtHoc for the Department of Homeland Security and all its components,” said John Chen, Executive Chairman & CEO, BlackBerry. “Today, BlackBerry AtHoc is used by 75% of the federal government. This new award is a testament to the trust they have in BlackBerry and our innovative technologies to meet and exceed their needs.”

BlackBerry AtHoc

BlackBerry AtHoc is an interoperable CEM system that is trusted by organizations around the world for crisis communications and incident response. AtHoc is integrated with FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS), and Canada’s National Public Alerting System (NAAD). It is also FedRAMP- and StateRAMP-authorized.

To learn more, register for BlackBerry Summit, taking place on Oct. 17 in New York City. At this event, leaders from government and enterprise will join BlackBerry leadership to shed light on the future of IoT, IT, and cybersecurity, and showcase the latest BlackBerry innovations.
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Ken Murphy

About Ken Murphy

Ken Murphy is Vice President and General Manager of Critical Events Management at BlackBerry.