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Rave Alert 5.0 Expands Social Media Integration
- By Tad Wayne Taborn
Higher education mobile services provider Rave Wireless has released Rave Alert 5.0, the latest version of its campus-wide notification system, which has been specifically developed for institutions of higher education to alert and keep the campus updated to the developing status during emergencies.
Rave Alert 5.0 is designed to allow administrators to send messages to students, faculty, and staff using a "three-click operation." The latest version also adds native support for integration with social media services like Face-book and Twitter.
Other new features include:
- Mobile Administrator Tools that allow administrators to control Rave's Mobile Safety Administration Console through a smart phone, tablet, or other mobile device;
- Expanded reporting capabilities, including real-time feedback and confirmation of message delivery;
- Upgraded messaging capabilities for increased throughput;
- An RSS Manager for activation and monitoring of several RSS feeds linked to both emergency and non-emergency environments; and
- A Template Manager for the creation of a variety of alert templates that can be stored for later use.
Rave Alert 5.0 is also designed to integrate with popular learning management (LMS) and student information systems (SIS). The improved functionality includes more than 60 data integrity checks that are performed on both student-provided information and uploaded institutional data.
Rave Alert 5.0 is available now. Further details can be found on Rave Mobile's site.
In related news, Rave reported that its Smart911 technology has been adopted by a number of local agencies and municipalities. Smart911 adds a social networking aspect to emergency services for citizens off the campus as well. It allows participants to enter additional information online to supplement the general data collected while responding to a 911 emergency call. Users can enter pictures, individual medical information (such as allergies and special instructions), and home addresses connected to mobile phones.
The Smart911 technology has been adopted by various local government agencies in 13 states, including Illinois, North Carolina, Texas, and Pennsylvania.
Tad Wayne Taborn is an independent journalist, professor, and screenwriter. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.