Last week, BlackBerry Ltd (TSX:BB)(NASDAQ:BBRY) announced the acquisition of AtHoc, a provider of a software platform for delivering emergency alerts to PCs, mobile devices, and other hardware. “BlackBerry is making strategic investments in security, privacy and the Internet of Things, and acquiring AtHoc will enable us to provide a holistic, end-to-end approach to communications,” said John Chen, BlackBerry’s chairman and CEO.

What’s so special about AtHoc, and what does it mean for the company’s future?

A niche and growing market

AtHoc’s networked crisis communications platform alerts any device (including iOS, Android, PC and Mac desktops, digital displays, radios, IP phones, and endpoints such as sirens, fire panels, and speakers), helping organizations and people connect and share information in times of crisis. Among other things, its platform sends alerts, collects event data from field personnel, helps organizations monitor the location/status of emergency personnel, and helps organizations share data during an event.

BlackBerry hopes to integrate these services with BlackBerry Messenger to provide even more capabilities and security.

Already a winning platform

With the acquisition, BlackBerry solidifies one of its largest customer bases: the U.S. government. AtHoc’s clients already include the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security.

Numerous federal departments, state and local agencies, and commercial enterprises alike depend on AtHoc to communicate reliably during their most critical moments. Becoming part of BlackBerry will give it the ability to scale more quickly and to introduce new applications. For both companies, it seems like a win-win.

Combined with another recent acquisition, BlackBerry dramatically boosts its security presence

In April BlackBerry also announced the acquisition of WatchDox, a provider of an enterprise file-sharing/syncing platform that emphasizes security. WatchDox’s platform provides “full visibility and control over how files are edited, copied, printed or forwarded” across PCs and mobile devices, and lets companies remotely revoke access to or delete files. For example, Hollywood studios looking to keep scripts from leaking are among the company’s chief clients.

The benefits of integrating these two recent acquisitions are clear: BlackBerry can fully develop a security-focused platform that allows for real-time alerts, tracking, files sharing, and communication.

One step back, two steps forward

By focusing on the security enterprise market, BlackBerry is purposefully investing less into its flagging consumer business. With more stable long-term contracts and higher margins, however, the niche market of enterprise communication security is very attractive.

If BlackBerry can successfully integrate and market these acquisitions to new and existing customers, it could be a game changer for a company that has seen its share price fall by 30% in the past three months alone.

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