Examples of crises where AtHoc has supported local governments include earthquakes in Latin America, and hurricanes, tornadoes and large-scale fires in the US.
"Over the past decade, BlackBerry has successfully provided local governments with the tools needed to quickly notify residents and share timely critical information to keep people safe. We are excited to announce the addition of the BlackBerry AtHoc Public Safety edition to help leaders more effectively protect the public," said BlackBerry senior vice president of secure communications Christoph Erdmann.
"The solution can be deployed quickly to enable the most secure real-time information notifications to the community, so that people can make informed and safety-critical decisions in times of crisis."
BlackBerry AtHoc allows the distribution of official notifications through multiple channels including Apps, SMS, RF enabled sirens, digital signage, radio and TV to quickly reach everyone within the relevant area at the time of the communication.
It is a SaaS product, with instances in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands.
Prices depend on the number of people to be communicated with.