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.
The University of New Mexico (UNM) will be migrating to NEC Unified Solutions' Univerge SV8500 communications servers as it moves to a complete IP-based network over the next several years.
The newest release of ClearSight Networks' network monitoring appliance addresses voice over IP quality of service. Version 7.0 of Network Time Machine (NTM) enables network administrators to quantify voice quality on 3G mobile networks.
Jackson State University in Mississippi and Teles USA have conducted the first public demonstration of a system that allows first responders to reestablish phone and data communications quickly in the event of a catastrophe. The Transmission Alternatives Link Kit, or "TALK Box," was developed at Jackson State's Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence with the use of components from Teles.
Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, AR recently tried out its new Rave Alert system with a test designed to overtax its network and slow down or interfere with alerts getting through. At 1 p.m. on April 16, in remembrance of the Virginia Tech killings, university students, faculty, and staff were all asked to make outgoing phone calls from their cell phones. Simultaneously, university administrators issued a Rave Alert test to determine how well the system would work even when cell phones were at the peak of usage.
Twelve community colleges--among them Wayne County Community College District in Detroit and Illinois Eastern Community Colleges--have recently signed on with Omnilert for its emergency notification system for higher education. Since most students at community colleges live off campus, reaching the population with mass notifications is more difficult.
Omnilert has released e2Campus 3.0, an update to the company's emergency notification system for education. The latest release adds support for OASIS Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) 1.1, allowing e2Campus to integrate with a range of other emergency communications systems.
Texas A&M University has signed a three-year $20 million renewal of an agreement with Verizon Business to provide traditional voice and data network services, cabling, and managed services. Under separate agreements, Verizon Business will also migrate the majority of Texas A&M's operations to voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) while providing the university with advanced audio-conferencing services.