Rave Wireless will be adding BlackBerry devices to the roster of mechanisms by which alerts can be sent out through Rave Alert, its notification service. The company has also added AOL's AIM Express instant messaging service to its list of supported text receiving methods.
The University of Pittsburgh has signed on for Verizon Notification Services to communicate to the campus community.
Under an agreement with Sprint, medical students at the University of Louisville now will be able to use wireless technology to enhance their education and improve the clinical care of patients. Existing and incoming students will have the option of purchasing a discounted Sprint Windows Mobile smartphone that includes medical applications, such as ePocrates and medical and drug reference databases. The phone will also allow users to access the university's e-mail program and address book.
Central State University has deployed Leader Alert, an emergency notification system, for use at its Wilberforce and Dayton, OH campuses of more than 2,100 students. The communications service allows for simultaneous alert of the campus community by telephone, texting, and e-mail.
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has begun deploying a voice over IP-based unified communications platform from NEC Unified Solutions.
We're about to be soaked in promotions for the new BlackBerry Storm device, but buried in the hype is something interesting for Java developers: a new set of dev tools for creating and testing mobile-savvy applications for Research In Motion's (RIM's) newest handhelds, including the Storm, Bold and Pearl Flip smart phones.
Temple University in Philadelphia has deployed Crossbeam Systems' X-Series security platform to secure campus-wide communications. The X-Series, Crossbeam's highest-performing security switch, consists of a "chassis" from which other vendors' applications can be run. The Crossbeam hardware facilitates the consolidation, virtualization, and simplification of security services delivery.
The University of Connecticut (UConn) selected Rave Wireless' Rave Alert as its emergency notification platform after conducting an evaluation and comparison of vendors. Concerns about the performance and reliability of its previous emergency notification provider, a Connecticut state-approved provider, prompted UConn to conduct the competitive evaluation.
The Technical College System of Georgia has deployed the Purewire Web Security Service for BlackBerry devices. The Technical College System oversees the state's system of 33 technical colleges, adult literacy programs, and a number of economic and workforce development programs.
In a way, it's not surprising that the sixth IMS/NGN Forum interoperability "plugfest," and the first to be held since the organizations formerly merged this week, will drill down into the unified communications (UC) space.