BlackBerry announced the general availability of BlackBerry’s AtHoc networked crisis communication platform from its secure data center in Canada.
The company said in a press statement that this expanded cloud offering will address data residency requirements for global customers who plan to use the AtHoc software for secure, networked crisis communication.
The Canadian offering is supplemented with a disaster recovery data center in Europe. According to the company, several new Canadian and global customers have already committed to be hosted on the new service.
“This is an important step forward in our mission to extend the AtHoc software platform globally, enabling us to build crisis communications networks in the cloud for customers around the world,” said Aviv Siegel, VP Technology, AtHoc, Division of BlackBerry.
“Now we can provide Canadian customers, as well as international customers, state-of-the-art crisis communication capability while helping them address local privacy concerns and regulations.”
In October last year, the European Court of Justice determined that a U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework is no longer valid for the transfer of personally identifiable information from Europe to the U.S. Blackberry said data sovereignty has been a growing concern for an increasing number of global organizations since then.
By early 2016, BlackBerry’s AtHoc plans to deliver wholly hosted cloud services in Europe, with a primary and disaster recovery site.
BlackBerry acquired AtHoc in September 2015. AtHoc enables people, devices and organizations to exchange critical information in real time during business continuity and life safety operations.