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Blackberry Says U.S. Senate Crisis Communications On Capitol Hill Selected Its Software

BlackBerry Ltd BBRY 2.04% revealed Tuesday that the U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms Office has granted a multi-million dollar order for its AtHoc crisis communications software. According to the company, it would power the Sergeant at Arms' Joint Emergency Mass Notification Systems (JEMNS) in the five-year period.

The company said that with full spectrum enterprise level alerting and accountability, JEMNS enabled by AtHoc offered secure notification and communications in times of crisis for 50,000 individuals working and visiting the Capitol Complex in the United States.

BlackBerry said the latest announcement marked the second big engagement between its AtHoc and Leidos, which also aligned to offer the American Army their global mass notification under the Emergency Management Modernization Program. The company said that full implementation of the JEMNS based on the AtHoc solution would be achieved in the coming months, with Leidos offering direct support, as well as, help desk support to the Congressional community.

Executive Chairman and CEO, John Chen, commented, "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. As the leading provider of crisis communication software to the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, AtHoc has demonstrated the ability to enable highly secure information-exchange for the world's most demanding organizations. The U.S. Senate is joining more than three million US federal government personnel today in using BlackBerry's AtHoc software for their crisis communications capability."

On Tuesday, the stock traded down by 1.56 percent.

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