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CORRECTION FROM SOURCE: US Army Awards BlackBerry Software With Certificate of Networthiness and Authority …

Affirms AtHoc’s Status as the Premier US Army’s Enterprise Mass Warning Notification System (MWNS)

/EINPresswire.com1/ — SAN MATEO, CALIFORNIA — (Marketwired) — 08/10/16 — This release corrects and replaces the version sent out at 5:30 ET today.

BlackBerry Limited2 (NASDAQ: BBRY)(TSX: BB), a global leader in secure mobile communications, today announced that its AtHoc software has received a Certificate of Networthiness (CoN) and Authority to Operate (ATO) with the US Army through April 2019. The fulfillment of these essential information assurance and security requirements means that the AtHoc networked crisis communication software will remain in uninterrupted use protecting nearly 600,000 US Army personnel at more than 65 Army facilities around the world.

AtHoc’s highly-secure platform delivers critical information to Soldiers and assigned personnel during emergencies. Its interoperable, networked crisis communication technology coordinates rapid responses to accidents, severe weather, explosions, natural disasters, active shooter incidents, and other urgent situations, as well as address personnel accountability and recall requirements.

“We have more than a decade of experience as one of the foundational elements for crisis communications across the US military, now supporting all four branches of the Service,” said David Acevedo, Director of Army and Joint Programs at BlackBerry’s AtHoc division. “This confirmation of our technology and leadership will help protect lives and property for American service members around the world. It is an honor and a privilege to be able to continue this close relationship with the US Army.”

The US Army has deployed BlackBerry’s AtHoc software to alert and protect thousands of personnel, in accordance with DoD Instruction 6055.17 requirements that emergency management must be able to reach all personnel within ten minutes or less. As a key enterprise system, AtHoc can be made available to every Army post, camp, and station as a central component of their emergency communication systems. AtHoc is one of the few Emergency Mass Notification Systems solutions on the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Approved Product List (APL) with both an Army ATO and CoN. In addition to protecting nearly 600,000 personnel in the US Army, AtHoc protects over 225,000 active-duty Marines, sailors, and civilians, as well as more than 375,000 Navy and more than 500,000 Air Force personnel.

Other US military organizations using AtHoc include the US Central Command (CENTCOM), US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), US Special Operations Command (SOCOM), US Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), US Strategic Command (STRATCOM), Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA), Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), the Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA), and many others. About BlackBerry

BlackBerry is securing a connected world, delivering innovative solutions across the entire mobile ecosystem and beyond. We secure the world’s most sensitive data across all end points – from cars to smartphones – making the mobile-first enterprise vision a reality. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. The Company trades under the ticker symbols “BB” on the Toronto Stock Exchange and “BBRY” on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com3.

About AtHoc

AtHoc, a division of BlackBerry Limited, is the pioneer and recognized leader in networked crisis communication4, protecting millions of people and thousands of organizations around the world. AtHoc provides a seamless and reliable exchange of critical information among organizations, their people, and devices. A trusted partner to the world’s most demanding customers, AtHoc is the leading provider to the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, and safeguards numerous other government agencies and leading commercial enterprises. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, AtHoc operates around the globe. For more information about AtHoc, please visit www.athoc.com5.

Trademarks, including but not limited to ATHOC, EMBLEM Design, ATHOC & Design and PURPLE GLOBE Design are the trademarks or registered trademarks of BlackBerry Limited, its subsidiaries and/or affiliates, used under license, and the exclusive rights to such trademarks are expressly reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Contacts:Media Contact:Jennifer O’BrienAtHoc, a Division of BlackBerry(650) 477-6122

Investor Contact:BlackBerry Investor Relations(519) 888-7465


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Cell phone bandits crash getaway car outside CID Headquarters …£

Two robbers landed smack into the hands of the police yesterday after crashing their getaway car near CID Headquarters, Eve Leary, allegedly while quarreling over their loot.

The getaway car

The bandits and an accomplice had moments before carried out a brazen robbery at the Elite Mobile Cell Phone Store on Parade Street, Kingston, where they had carted off cash and 15 high-end phones worth some $3M.An employee at the cell phone establishment said that he and a colleague were in the store at around 14:00 hrs when a man entered and asked for credit. Shortly after, another man entered, drew a gun and pointed it at the staff. Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum said that a third man was also involved and that the bandits relieved a customer of a mobile phone.The employee said that the robbers locked the door to the business premises, while the one with the handgun demanded valuables. They then collected several high-end phones and money. Crime Chief Blanhum said that at that point, two of the bandits apparently panicked and ran to their car, leaving their accomplice behind.But as fate would have it, greed reportedly got in the way and a quarrel broke out between the men over the ill-gotten gains.So heated was the row that the robbers ended up crashing into a concrete garbage bin on the seawall road and landed smack into the canal on the Kingston seawall just outside of the Criminal Investigation Department Headquarters.

The 9mm pistol used by the robbers

Senior police ranks looked through the windows and saw that the two men who exited the car were acting suspiciously. One of them had whipped out a gun and amidst shouts of he got a gun, Felix Austin Police Training College trainees ran in the direction of the robbers. About 50 to 60 trainees run out on the road. Them bandits see them coming and they ran in opposite directions and one pelt he gun by a tree on the seawalls but he get ambushed, an eyewitness said.A second robber was also apprehended. However, Blanhum said that the third robber escaped after fleeing into a nearby yard.The Crime Chief said that police recovered a 9mm pistol with two rounds, as well as a mobile phone that the men had taken from a customer.He revealed that the vehicle bore fake number plates PHH 6532. The car s licence number was actually PLL 5217. Kaieteur News understands that the vehicle is linked to a car rental service, and that another vehicle from the same service was recently linked to a robbery suspect.When Kaieteur News arrived on the scene, ranks were busy trying to pull the vehicle from the drain.The suspects, identified as Adam Mc Donald of Amelia s Ward and Jermaine Dailey of Norton Street, Lodge, were heard pleading their innocence. The robbery victims eventually turned up at Eve Leary and reportedly identified the suspects. (Mondale Smith)


Thrifty 4WD rentals now come with bicycles – (press release)

Monday, 21 September 2015, 10:29 amPress Release: Thrifty1


Thrifty 4WD rentals now come with extra wheels – in the form of bicycles!

From next month mountain bikes will be available as an extra for Thrifty customers hiring a 4WD vehicle.

Thrifty’s new cycling packages will give customers extra ‘wheels’ and provide exciting opportunities to get off the road and onto the beaten track.

Thrifty Car Rental General Manager Emma Gardiner believes Thrifty’s cycling and rental car combo is the first of its kind for a New Zealand rental car company.

“With the ever growing expansion of the New Zealand Cycle Trail, cycling is a fantastic way for international visitors and locals alike to explore New Zealand.

There has been a growing demand from customers for bike rentals as an additional part of the rental offering so it made sense for us to provide them.

We expect the ease of hiring a car and bikes to appeal to a range of travellers,” said Ms Gardiner.

The mountain bike kits are supplied by Adventure Capital, New Zealand’s leading specialist outdoor recreation hire business.

The kit includes a mountain bike, helmet, lock, repair kit, pump and bike carry bag, pre-loaded into the rear of the rental vehicle.

Customers can pick-up from Thrifty’s Christchurch, Queenstown, Wellington and Auckland locations, and conveniently drop-off at any of Thrifty’s 28 locations throughout the country (Terms and conditions apply).

The bikes can be hired in conjunction with Thrifty’s intermediate to larger style 4WDs for rental periods of four days or longer.

To ensure maximum comfort only two adults and two mountain bikes are allowed per vehicle.

Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive Kevin Bowler says, “Cycling is a fantastic way to experience all of our sights, sounds and sensations up close whether it’s on a cycle trail or a more adventurous mountain bike track.

More and more people are immersing themselves in New Zealand’s stunning landscapes, diverse trails and local hospitality while on a bike and this is one more way to inspire visitors to make New Zealand a must-cycle holiday destination.”

The 4WDs and bikes can be easily booked online at where exclusive AA Member packages and specials are also available.

For more information and terms and conditions please visit –


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