Regroup Markets Social Communication Platform as Emergency Alert System
- By Dian Schaffhauser
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.
Regroup, a company founded in 2006 from technology developed by students at Stanford University, sells a hosted software program for organizational communications. The service allows users to broadcast messages through e-mail, mobile phones, Facebook, RSS feeds, forums, Yahoo group pages, Twitter, and other social media. These messages are also indexed by search engines. A message posted to the system gets distributed via multiple mechanisms, as specified by the user.
"Regroup is a great tool for communicating in the event of a campus crisis," said Martha Asselin, dean of Student Affairs at SUNY-Schenectady County Community College. "And with our improved communications, we can stay in business and support the institution should the campus need to close for days or weeks due to an emergency. I am very impressed with Regroup!"
Initial pricing available to Datatel customers through Dec. 31, 2009, according to Regroup, will be half the regular price.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.