A majority of colleges and universities have implemented emergency preparedness plans for their campuses, according to a new survey by the Campus Safety and Security Project.
The Office of Continuing and Professional Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice received a $768,000 grant to develop an emergency management system. The award was issued by the United States Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools. The new system is intended to be used across all campuses in the City University of New York (CUNY) system.
Millersville University in Millersville, PA recently implemented a new emergency notification system from Cooper Notification to expand its current practices that use a siren system.
Northern Illinois University is deploying a unified communications security appliance from Sipera Systems. UC-Sec provides privacy and encryption, access control and authentication, threat mitigation, and security policy enforcement for real-time communications traffic, including voice over IP (VoIP), IP-based video, and instant messaging.
Howard University in Washington, DC, Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, MN, Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, AR, and 17 other institutions have signed on to become Rave Wireless clients.
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--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.
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.
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.
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.