BlackBerry to acquire secure software firm AtHoc

BlackBerry is set to acquire AtHoc, a software provider for secure communications.

The AtHoc platform will integrate with BlackBerry’s enterprise portfolio and global network to offer new capabilities for safety, security and mission-critical business communication.

The acquisition will enable AtHoc to expand globally and increase scale, as well as deliver new applications on a secure platform for mass communication.

For example, new applications may include integrating AtHoc solutions with BBM Meetings during an alert to enable live video feeds or transmit messages to provide real-time collaboration by leaders and decision makers.
AtHoc’s networked crisis communications platform alerts any device – including iOS, Android, PC and Mac desktops, digital displays, radios, IP phones, and endpoints such as sirens, fire panels and speakers.

AtHoc is the leading provider to the U.S. Departments of Defense (DoD) and Homeland Security. It also supports public and private enterprises across the world, including healthcare providers and industrial facilities.

The acquisition is part of BlackBerry’s strategy to invest in security, privacy and the Internet of Things.

John Chen, executive chairman and CEO of BlackBerry, said: “AtHoc’s technology and expertise will play a key role as BlackBerry works to connect and secure a broad range of endpoints.”

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