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BlackBerry on Wednesday announced that it will acquire AtHoc, a firm that provides secure communications in times of crisis that provides services to clients such as the American Red Cross and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

AtHoc said that, now paired with BlackBerry, its software platform could help provide crisis communications across tools such as BBM to "enable live video feeds or transmit messages to provide real-time collaboration by leaders and decision makers. Its platform works across iOS, Android, PC and Mac computers, too, so the communications wouldn't simply be limited to BlackBerry smartphones.

In fact, AtHoc also supports "endpoints such as sirens, fire panels, speakers" radios, IP phones and more, meaning communications or alerts can be passed back between several different forms communications devices, allowing emergency workers to get the message out as quickly as possible.

"We have a proud history of securing mission-critical communications for the public sector as well as enterprises operating in the most highly regulated industries," BlackBerry CEO John Chen said Wednesday. "AtHoc's technology and expertise will play a key role as BlackBerry works to connect and secure a broad range of endpoints." AtHoc said the BlackBerry acquisition will also help it scale quicker. The deal is expected to complete by the end of BlackBerry's 2016 fiscal third quarter.