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BlackBerry completes acquisition of AtHoc

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Is BlackBerry anywhere close to done with buying up security companies? It’s hard to say.

Today, however, the Canadian phone maker has announced it has completed its acquisition of secure networked crisis communications provider AtHoc. The acquisition was first announced in July.

The new subsidiary’s chief executive Guy Miasnik, will lead the division as part of BlackBerry reporting to John Chen, CEO, the company said.

AtHoc makes software that exchanges information during business continuity and safety operations.  The cross-platform system can connect Android, iOS, PC and Mac desktops, digital displays, radios, IP phones, sirens, fire panels and speakers for emergency and mass notification services in places such as airports.

These services are deployed both in public and private sectors, by organizations such as the U.S. Departments of Defense and the department of Homeland Security.

According to BlackBerry, the addition to its portfolio will help the company better provide secure communication. The company also suggested integration with WatchDox technology from an April acquisition, to allow for the secure distribution of confidential documents during emergency situations.

Just this month, the company announced it would buy former rival Good Technology, which offers secure applications and containerization.