Washington, D.C.’s public transportation agency has chosen a BlackBerry division to implement a unified network for agency personnel, first responders and local emergency organizations to communicate in the event of a crisis.
BlackBerry said Tuesday the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will use AtHoc‘s Connect alerting and crisis communication platform to distribute information to and from Metro’s enterprise monitoring, helpdesk and customer service facilities.
“Our first priority is to ensure that critical communications are sent out reliably and securely,” said Claude Swanson, Metro’s chief of data center and infrastructures.
AtHoc’s technology works to secure personally identifiable data during crisis information exchange activities.
Metro also seeks to connect law enforcement organizations, airport operators and federal agencies into the region’s unified emergency communications network.