AtHoc has been awarded a contract for the supply of its IWSAlerts emergency mass notification system (EMNS) to equip the US Air Force’s (USAF) Theatre Deployable Communications (TDC) ground-to-ground kits.

The IWSAlerts system together with TDC will deliver quick two-way emergency notification to troops and their dependents to meet force protection and personnel accountability requirements during military contingencies and missions.

The system provides centralised alert activation and control from a unified Web-based console, enabling the management of alerts across multiple and redundant channels such as mobile phones, landlines, BlackBerry devices, SMS text and e-mail.

Network alert delivery and responses can be tracked to ensure that targeted recipients have received and responded to alerts during emergency situations as well as drills and training exercises.

The network-centric notification system is also capable of integrating with the USAF’s existing Internet Protocol (IP) network services, thereby reducing infrastructure and maintenance costs.

The system is widely deployed at several centralised data centres, supporting thousands of air force personnel at more than 120 locations worldwide and is also in use with the US Army, Navy, Coast Guard, US Veteran Affairs.

UCLA, Microsoft, Boeing and Raytheon also rely on IWSAlerts system for their emergency alerting and critical communication needs.

The TDC is a ground-to-ground communications infrastructure designed to transmit and receive voice, data and video communications securely to or from wireless, satellite or hard-wired sources anywhere in the world for military contingencies.

Harris is the prime contractor for the programme, while AtHoc will be the subcontractor.

The USAF relies on TDC kits, Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet), and Non-secure Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNet) to receive communications in the battlefield.