The AtHoc IWSAlerts emergency communication platform recently received Security Products' 2012 Gold Govies Government Security Award in the Fire/Life Safety category. The Govies Award recognizes outstanding technologies used by government. AtHoc was recognized both for its position as the leading provider of emergency communications systems to the U.S. federal government and for its unified and proven approach to the integration of traditional fire-life safety systems with its market-leading EMNS platform.

Standalone fire alarm systems are limited in their ability to alert personnel, generally offering a simple evacuation tone or a voice announcement conveying limited details. AtHoc's enterprise-class EMNS platform offers full integration with legacy fire/life safety systems, transforming them into a state-of-the-art, bi-directional system capable of leveraging a broad array of communication channels, sensors and devices. This unified approach ensures a faster, safer, and more effective response over traditional fire-life systems.

With AtHoc's integrated EMNS/fire safety platform, fire-related alerts can be triggered automatically via fire alarm events or manually initiated from a single, unified web-based console. Alert notifications are disseminated across the network in intrusive audio/visual pop-up messages to desktop computers as well as through mobile devices such as cell phones, pagers and many traditional alerting channels. System alerts describe the potential threat, categorize the threat level for affected personnel and include instructions for action. The AtHoc platform also captures responses from alert recipients and automatically generates a personnel status report in minutes, providing critical situational awareness to emergency operators and first responders to help facilitate an expeditious and appropriate emergency response plan.