BlackBerry wins IT deal from US Senate

BlackBerry announced software deal with US Senate at its Security Summit in New York.

The mobile communication company 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.

The Ontario-based company did not disclose the value of the contract.

Under the terms of the contract, the software will 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.

BlackBerry also announced that its AtHoc division has expanded its relationship with the United States Coast Guard.

The company will extend the capabilities and functionality of the Coast Guard’s Alert Warning System (AWS) 2.0 by including alerting for staff members in the National Capitol Region.

This addition to AtHoc’s existing support for the Coast Guard’s AWS enables more than 3,800 individuals to receive and respond to emergency alerts on their computers.

This functionality is in addition to the system’s existing ability to reach personnel via telephone, text or email.

Further, BlackBerry and AppDome, the mobile app integration services company announced the availability of AppDome’s AppFusion service for the Good Dynamics Secure Mobility Platform from BlackBerry.

With AppDome, applications can take advantage of Good Dynamics’ specific secure workflow for enterprise apps without the need for developers to access the source code.

BlackBerry lost its significance as a huge number of smartphone companies entered the market in the recent years.  This has put pressure on the company to push sales.

In the first fiscal quarter, BlackBerry’s software and services revenue represented 39 percent of total revenue, which decreased to $400 million from $658 million, a year ago.

However, for the full fiscal year, the company says it is on track to deliver 30 percent revenue growth in software and services.