Blackberry Ltd (BBRY) To Secure 200 Airports As Its Athoc Wins TSA Contract
Blackberry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) has hit two birds with one stone. The Canadian firm has not only struck a definitive deal to buy AtHoc but also secured a deal to secure 200 airports through the acquisition. The Transportation Security Administration has extended their current deals to protect further, as well as, account for its staff within the facilities and spread over 200 domestic airports. The TSA deploys AtHoc to enable stronger crisis communication in airports.
The TSA believes that Blackberry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)’s recently acquired AtHoc will increase coverage capabilities besides enabling the real-time accountability of its staff in normal routes. Aside from that, it will improve the emergency, as well as, critical events hanlding at big airports like SFO, LAX, Dulles, JFK, and several other airports in the country.
AtHoc developed Alert Warning System (AWS) has been in use from 2011 in TSA and all regions. The current expansion of contract means that TSA deployment of the AWS will nearly double from the current more than one hundred TSA Coordination Centers. That would allow direct bi-direction crisis communications for every staff in the 200 big airports.
Support Two Primary Use Instances
The AWS deployment will maintain at least two key use cases. One among them is the capacity to alert airport stationed personnel during the time of crisis like an active shooter, weather-related closures, procedural changes, and terrorist activity. Aside from that, similar applications with on the spot alert receipt confirmation.
The second instance was in respect of post-alert and full, as well as, the immediate responsibility of affected TSA staff to add location, status, organizational level, function, and geographic representation. The companies indicated that these use instances allow the leadership of TSA to initiate important action and follow-up actions to affected locations. That apart, it will implement crisis response procedures, and start recalling the staff, find out their readiness to work, and spot those in the requirement of assistance.
Blackberry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)’s most recently acquired AtHoc’s Advisory Board member and retired former CIO of the coast guard, Rear Admiral Robert Day Jr., commented on the deal. He said that TSA was acting with tremendous speed, as well as, foresight. He added that bringing such alerts and responsibility systems to more than 200 of the nation’s big airports is a step in the right direction for a full national protection network.
Similarly, AtHoc’s VP for Homeland Security, as well as, Government Group, Dubhe Beinhorn, said that he was happy to be part of a foundation for the important initiatives. He said that DHS component agencies have tremendous accountability systems to keep the United States safe both singularly and collectively. Though Blackberry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) acquired AtHoc, the Canadian firm did not disclose any other details about the price being paid and the timing of the closure of the deal.
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