Air Force Deploys AMERICAN SYSTEMS Mass Notification System

Peter Smith, AMERICAN SYSTEMS

The Air Force has accepted a mass notification system that AMERICAN SYSTEMS developed in partnership with BlackBerry AtHoc and Microsoft Azure.

The emergency enterprisewide mass notification system is designed to quickly send alerts at any time to all assigned forces in an emergency. In case of a natural disaster or serious threat of some other kind, users receive pop-up alerts on their computers, phone calls, text messages and alerts on their AtHoc Mobile applications as well as text-to-speech announcements from Giant Voice systems at Air Force locations.

“The successful development of the EMNS is a great example of what an innovative partnership between the DoD and the private sector can bring to bear,” said Peter Smith, president and CEO of AMERICAN SYSTEMS. “The collaboration between all parties resulted in some real technological breakthroughs and, ultimately, a safer Air Force — we know what’s at stake.”

The cloud-based system was developed under a 5-year task order awarded to AMERICAN SYSTEMS in 2017. It uses BlackBerry AtHoc’s CrisisCommunication Suite and Microsoft Azure’s Infrastructure as a Service solution.

Officials said application and database tier servers built into two distinct Azure DOD regions provide geographic and infrastructure redundancy. The system is currently being deployed to Air Force bases worldwide.


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