Institutions located in the northeastern part of the country found an uptick in the number of new subscribers for their emergency alert services during the first week of February--as "Snowmageddon" struck.
Casper College in Wyoming is launching a new emergency alert system from Inspiron Logistics. Casper College (CC) Alert uses the company's Wireless Emergency Notification System to deliver text, e-mail, and voice messages to subscribers about weather-related school closings and public safety threats.
Arizona State University in Tempe has added Facebook, Twitter, and RSS feeds to its emergency messaging system. E2Campus, the university's emergency messaging provider, recently integrated the social networking functionality into its subscriber profiles.
E-Rate could be in for some major changes as it heads toward "version 2.0." A bill introduced in the House this week would add a five-year pilot program to subsidize broadband equipment and services for colleges, with funds totaling $750 million over the life of the pilot.
Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, WA has expanded its use of streaming media and lecture capture. With about 4,000 students, the college is one of the smallest in the state but covers one of the largest geographic areas, 4,500 square miles. Faced with budget restrictions in 2008, the staff reconsidered how it was doing videoconferencing for its distance learning program.
The State University of New York in Potsdam has adopted a new mail and call application from Voice Mobility International. SUNY Potsdam has migrated about 5,000 mailboxes and caller application mailboxes from its legacy Octel 250 to the Voice Mobility UCN 250. The migration required no change to the user interface.
Midway through its second year, Abilene Christian University's mobile learning initiative expands to include classroom management and blogging, with mobile podcasting on the way.
The University of South Florida has expanded a relationship with Rave Wireless by signing on to deploy the company's new 911 service.
Datatel, which was recently acquired by private equity firm Hellman & Friedman, will be teaming up with Regroup to market the latter company's communications platform as a new emergency messaging solution.
The University of South Florida has had a busy year for emergencies, culminating in a day in October in which campus police responded to three reports of armed suspects on campus and nearly 400,000 alerts were sent out to community members. But, as they'll explain, when it comes to emergency notification, this institution is still learning.