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Blackberry wins $20M communication contract with U.S. Veterans Affairs Dept.

AtHoc crisis platform continues to pull in new work after being bought out by Canadian tech firm last year

SAN MATEO, Calif—BlackBerry Ltd.’s AtHoc has won a $20 million contract extension to provide the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs with the company’s communication platform.

The contract is another win for the crisis communication platform Blackberry acquired through purchasing California-based AtHoc, last year.

“We deliver innovative and secure mission critical software and services to the world’s most demanding organizations,” John Chen, executive chairman and CEO of BlackBerry, said. “We are proud to continue to provide this critical life safety system to the VA, and look forward to continuing our work together to build an innovative and secure enterprise crisis communication network.”

The contract is designed to support the Veterans Affairs’ Notification System and Personnel Accountability System, extending protection to more than 600,000 VA personnel. The system, known as VA-PAS, can be used in day-to-day operations as well as in a crisis, during which it can collect information about the department’s personnel and coordinate a response.

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