Telecommunications


UC San Diego Offers Free iPhone App

The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) has begun offering an iPhone application that provides mobile access to information about its courses, faculty, athletics, and videos from the university's YouTube channel.

UNCF Implements Internet Telephony

UNCF--the United Negro College Fund--has partnered with iCore Networks to implement a centralized phone system using a concept the vendor calls Voice over Private Internet (VoPI). In a VoPI scenario, communications are done on a dedicated circuit.

Napa Valley College's Lockdown a Lesson in 'Hyper-Information'

When two men assaulted and robbed a merchant outside a bank in Napa, CA and then fled by SUV to Napa Valley College, the community college had the first real opportunity to test out its emergency alert system. What law enforcement officers learned in the course of that day, said campus police chief Ken Arnold, is that new forms of technology are changing fundamental practices of law enforcement in both positive and negative ways.

U Maryland Emergency Alert Technology Links Caller with Campus Police Dispatch

University of Maryland researchers have created a new emergency alert technology for cell phones and PDAs called V911, which they say could help improve campus safety.

American U Implements Wireless Campus Security Calling

In an effort to bolster student safety, American University in Washington, DC is implementing a service from Rave Wireless that allows students to use their cell phones to call campus security instead of tracking down the closest blue-light emergency phone.



U New Mexico Moves Forward in NEC IP Migration

The University of New Mexico (UNM) will be migrating to NEC Unified Solutions' Univerge SV8500 communications servers as it moves to a complete IP-based network over the next several years.

ClearSight Seeks To Improve 3G Mobile VoIP Management

The newest release of ClearSight Networks' network monitoring appliance addresses voice over IP quality of service. Version 7.0 of Network Time Machine (NTM) enables network administrators to quantify voice quality on 3G mobile networks.

Jackson State and Teles Demo Quick-Fix Comm System

Jackson State University in Mississippi and Teles USA have conducted the first public demonstration of a system that allows first responders to reestablish phone and data communications quickly in the event of a catastrophe. The Transmission Alternatives Link Kit, or "TALK Box," was developed at Jackson State's Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence with the use of components from Teles.

Henderson State Tries To Knock Out Alert System

Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, AR recently tried out its new Rave Alert system with a test designed to overtax its network and slow down or interfere with alerts getting through. At 1 p.m. on April 16, in remembrance of the Virginia Tech killings, university students, faculty, and staff were all asked to make outgoing phone calls from their cell phones. Simultaneously, university administrators issued a Rave Alert test to determine how well the system would work even when cell phones were at the peak of usage.

Community Colleges Improve Crisis Communications with Emergency Notification System

Twelve community colleges--among them Wayne County Community College District in Detroit and Illinois Eastern Community Colleges--have recently signed on with Omnilert for its emergency notification system for higher education. Since most students at community colleges live off campus, reaching the population with mass notifications is more difficult.