Alert system

The US Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has installed AtHoc’s IWSAlerts emergency mass notification system (EMNS) for personnel protection and accountability at Fort Meade in Maryland, US.

Representing a significant milestone in the company’s relationship with the US Department of Defense (DoD), the installation will provide alerts and associated emergency communications to 4,500 soldiers during natural disasters and other emergencies.

"The system sends emergency notifications to all personnel, smartphones, mobile devices, landlines, PCs and laptops."

AtHoc Army Operations director colonel David Brown said the army’s existing operations were global in nature and sought IT and networking capabilities that offer next-generation crisis communications.

"DISA is the organisation responsible for providing the requisite infrastructure and enterprise services to users like the combatant commanders, all branches of military services and defense agencies, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the joint staff," Brown said.

Fully compliant with DISA’s IT systems, the IWSAlerts is an enterprise-class platform designed to provide rapid and scalable alerts and associated emergency communications with a single keystroke to all assigned personnel within ten minutes or less during military contingencies and training missions.

Consolidating several emergency communication capabilities, such as a network alerting system (NAS), a telephony alerting system (TAS) into a single centralised web-based console, the system sends emergency notifications to all personnel, smartphones, mobile devices, landlines, PCs and laptops.

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The DISA approved product list (DISA APL) system provides military installations with full operational capabilities of a mass notification system, which complies with the secretary of defence’s (SECDEF) specifications, ahead of the 2014 deadline.

Deployed at several centralised data centres, the system supports thousands of army, navy, air force, coastguard and US veteran personnel at more than 120 locations worldwide.

Image: A US military personnel conducts evaluation of a mass alert broadcasting system tower at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. Photo: US Air Force photo by airman 1st class Marc I Lane.

Defence Technology