BlackBerry's CEO reveals the impetus behind the AtHoc acquisition

BlackBerry's intended acquisition of AtHoc furthers the company's mission to become the most secure mobile platform in the industry, said CEO John Chen at an event in New York City.

Chen said he would like to marry AtHoc, an emergency alert system, with BlackBerry's BBM instant messenger service. The AtHoc solution enables businesses and agencies to send mass alerts to people across devices and operating systems.

In addition to acquiring AtHoc, BlackBerry also gains AtHoc's Department...

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