Black­Berry lands deal for cri­sis com­mu­ni­ca­tions sys­tem at U.S. Capi­tol

The Hamilton Spectator - - BUSINESS -

NEW YORK — Black­Berry says it has re­ceived a mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar or­der for se­cure soft­ware that would used in the U.S. Capi­tol com­plex in times of cri­sis.

The or­der was awarded by the U.S. Se­nate Sergeant at Arms Of­fice in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Black­Berry said Tues­day its AtHoc sys­tem will be fully im­ple­mented for the Capi­tol com­plex over the com­ing months.

The Water­loo-based com­pany didn’t say how many mil­lions of dol­lars the Se­nate con­tract will be worth over five years.

Once run­ning, the sys­tem will pro­vide se­cure no­ti­fi­ca­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion for up to 50,000 in­di­vid­u­als at the com­plex.

Black­Berry chief ex­ec­u­tive John Chen has po­si­tioned Black­Berry to get more of its rev­enue from soft­ware sales — rather than its hand­sets, which have lost most of their mar­ket share to Ap­ple iPhones and Sam­sung Gal­axy smart­phones.

Black­Berry also an­nounced that its AtHoc divi­sion will ex­tend the ca­pa­bil­ity of the U.S. Coast Guard’s warn­ing sys­tem to al­low staff mem­bers in the Na­tional Capi­tol Re­gion to re­ceive and re­spond to emer­gency alerts through their com­put­ers.

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