U.S. Army Expands Usage of Desktop Alert Notification System at Task Force Strike! and U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC)

Chatham, New Jersey (PRWEB) November 03, 2014

Today Desktop Alert Inc., the ‘less than one minute alerting platform’ used by the U.S. Military and numerous healthcare and corporate organizations worldwide, announced that the U.S. Army has continued to expand usage of the Desktop Alert Mass Notification platform both home and abroad with deployments in Afghanistan as well as at Fort Bragg. The same deployment is now in operation at Northern Command/NORAD Enterprise.

Task Force Strike is a US-led task force in the central and Eastern regions of Afghanistan. Task Force Strike comprises the US 2nd Brigade Combat Team, US 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) (United States), from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Task Force Strike operates under the Combined Joint Task Force 10/RC East. TF Strike is responsible for the train and advise mission for the 201st ANA Corps in the North of Kabul portion of Eastern Afghanistan and serve as Train, advise & Assist Command North East.

The United States Army Special Operations Command (Airborne) (USASOC) is the command charged with overseeing the various special operations forces of the United States Army and is the largest component of the United States Special Operations Command. Its mission is to organize, train, educate, man, equip, fund, administer, mobilize, deploy and sustain Army special operations forces to successfully conduct worldwide special operations.

“Crucial in the selection process was our platforms very unique ability to deliver network alerts in seconds as opposed to minutes with both low bandwidth consumption and a zero need for expansion of hardware and system configurations. Our notification platform runs on the customers’ existing computational infrastructure and never requires an on-site install engineer. These installs were completed over the phone in a few hours start to finish. Lastly, the sustainment costs are historically low when compared to all known and approved DoD MNS alternatives”, said Howard Ryan, Founder and CEO Desktop Alert Inc.

Desktop Alert is an approved U.S. Army Leidos / EM2P Emergency Notification Platform. Desktop Alert has been selected as the primary network alerting platform at:

Northern Command/NORAD Enterprise
National Guard (ARMY and ANG Enterprise)
Fort Hood
Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center
Fort Gordon
Fort Bragg Special Operations Command
TF Strike Afghanistan
MRAP Units Afghanistan
Fort Campbell
Fort Knox
Fort Leavenworth
Fort Leonard Wood
Fort Rucker
Fort Polk
The United States Military Academy (USMA)
Keller Hospital at West Point (KOCH)
Notable Mention: All FEMA HQ locations nationwide
And numerous other U.S. Army locations locations

“When lives are at stake, second’s count. Desktop Alert is the only known DoD vendor with a 10 second poll rate capability for network alerting beit a on-premise or cloud-based deployment of our notification system. A five year review of our DoD client reports indicate 99% of all network alerts were and continue to be received in less than 60 seconds with a bulk of the alerts being received in under 30 seconds. Latency-based network alerts introduce the risk of failure to all missions. We hang our technological hat on the speed of the alerts delivery, the speed of the alerts receipt and doing so with little to no deprecation of the networks bandwidth” said Howard Ryan, CEO and Founder Desktop Alert Inc.

About Desktop Alert Inc. http://www.desktopalert.net

Desktop Alert provides an array of end-point integrations with customers public address systems (Giant Voice), intercom systems, commanders channels, e-mail platforms, DSN-based and cloud-based telephony and sms message systems, network desktop alert popups, national weather service zip code based alerts, digital signage, cable tv, numerous social media systems, CAP server alert, external system sensors such as temperature devices and fire alarm systems.

Whitlock Announces the Acquisition of Certain Business Operations of Xerox Audio Visual Solutions (XAV)

Richmond, VA (PRWEB) July 14, 2014

Whitlock is pleased to announce the acquisition of certain business operations of Xerox Audio Visual Solutions (XAV) from Global Imaging Systems (GIS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Xerox.

While XAV had built a strong audiovisual business with increased emphasis on enterprise and government customers, after strategic review, GIS decided that XAV did not align with the rest of its extensive business services portfolio.

“Whitlock has a strong commitment to culture and a long history of organic growth, but this opportunity with XAV matched perfectly with our core business principles and values,” states Doug Hall, Whitlock’s CEO.

In deciding to transition out of the business, GIS sought a company that could ensure its audiovisual customers would continue to enjoy excellent service and its employees could continue to develop and grow their careers. Whitlock is able to offer great benefits to both, including a proven track record, financial stability and an expanded footprint for improved service and support nationally and globally.

A number of XAV operational employees will become Whitlock employees, with customer relationships and existing contracts being assigned to Whitlock. XAV business operations in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania will further strengthen Whitlock’s national service delivery to enterprise customers.

“Whitlock’s mission is to retain, acquire and develop mutually rewarding customer partnerships and the most respected workforce in the industry,” Doug explains. “The XAV addition has provided an opportunity for Whitlock to acquire some exceptional employee talent and customer relationships which are complementary to our existing business.”

“The more we met with XAV leadership, mutual respect grew into excitement about our common cultures and strategic direction,” adds Roger Patrick, Whitlock’s COO. “We were more aligned than we could have imagined, and the merging of our teams will allow Whitlock to quickly scale in key markets and offer the talented XAV workforce a place to develop their career paths, contribute to best practices and continue to deliver outstanding customer experiences.”

As of today, Whitlock has 20 U.S. locations and more than 700 employees.

About Whitlock

Whitlock is a Global Audiovisual (AV) and Unified Communications (UC) Solutions Provider, specializing in collaborative technology design, integration and managed services. The company helps customers meet goals, drive action and improve efficiency by streamlining interactive technologies and standards. Areas of expertise include enterprise videoconferencing, unified communications, digital media, digital signage, video walls and projection technologies. Whitlock also offers follow-the-sun 24×7 service level agreements as well as onsite and remote AV/NOC support. Whitlock serves customers from 20 U.S. locations, plus a worldwide delivery partner network through the Global Presence Alliance.

About Xerox Audio Visual Solutions

Since 1981, Xerox Audio Visual Solutions (XAV) has been a premier provider of Audio Visual and Digital Communication Technology. XAV has offered a comprehensive portfolio of collaboration solutions, changing dramatically the way education, commercial, military and government communicate and share ideas. XAV was a wholly owned subsidiary of Global Imaging Systems, a Xerox Corporation company.