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.
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.
Michigan State University in East Lansing has deployed an antenna system from ADC to support current mobile voice and data traffic and enable an easy transition to long-term evolution (LTE) or "3.9G" services support. The university's 5,200-acre campus, which has 553 buildings, is surrounded by macro cell towers; but those don't provide adequate service for the dense user population; nor do they fully penetrate campus facilities.
Wayne State University (WSU) will provide the technical, strategic, and systems support to provide high-speed WiMax and WiFi Internet access for residents in two low-income Detroit neighborhoods.
The Laurier School of Business & Economics in Waterloo, Ontario will be using Desire2Learn's mobile application, 2GO. Beginning this fall a hundred incoming students enrolled in the full-time MBA program on the Waterloo campus began using Research in Motion (RIM) BlackBerry 8900 smart phones as part of their program.
Georgia Institute of Technology has received grant money to improve the security of mobile devices and the telecommunications networks on which they operate. A research team has begun developing methods of identifying and remotely repairing mobile devices that may be infected with viruses or other malware.
Rave Mobile Safety has released Rave Alert 4.0, an upgrade of its notification service. The new version includes simplified integration capabilities with back-end systems and more robust alerting capabilities.
Blackboard has added the Research in Motion BlackBerry to its list of supported devices for the new Blackboard Mobile platform.
Could Google's Android be a spoiler in the smart-phone arms race after all?
LifeSize announced a new series of high definition telepresence systems, the LifeSize 220 Series.