BlackBerry To Buy Crisis-Communication Firm AtHoc

Blackberry has announced that it is acquiring AtHoc, a company that develops emergency alert systems for government agencies, military bodies and other organisations.

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AtHoc’s software platform is designed for the exchange of information in real-time, but for entities that are transacting potentially critical and sensitive information between devices.

The platform supports multiple devices and platforms, including iOS, Android, PCs, Macs, radios, IP phones, sirens, fire panels and even speakers.

The move to purchase AtHoc shows how BlackBerry is continuing to cater to government agencies, while the company will also gain a bevy of marquee customers.

Blackberry says AtHoc’s platform will be used as a starting point for application development in the future. New apps might integrate AtHoc with BBM Meetings for example.

The acquisition fits perfectly into Blackberry’s previous buyouts such as secure file share and sync service WatchDox and mobile security company Secusmart.

The company is improving its enterprise prowess by focusing on the one thing it’s great at – security. Moreover, with Blackberry’s tie up with Google, it finally should have a platform to bring its great features to users.

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