Cisco, a company synonymous with telecommunications networks, is flexing its muscles in yet another arena--unified communications. Last Wednesday, the company set the stage for head butts with incumbents IBM and Microsoft by unveiling a UC portfolio for the enterprise.
University of Michigan football fans get to play with enhanced wireless communications through an arrangement with Verizon Wireless, which has activated a cell on light truck (COLT) that doubles capacity in and around Michigan Stadium on game days.
Two companies, Experian QAS and RuffaloCODY, have released an integrated edition of their software intended for colleges, universities, public broadcasting organizations, Greek organizations, and other nonprofits. QAS for RuffaloCODY combines QAS Pro Web for address validation on Web sites and intranets with RuffaloCODY's new CampusCall 3.3 phonathon automation software.
The 6,000-student Fayetteville State University in North Carolina has deployed a Federal Signal campus safety and security system to alert students, faculty and staff in the event of unsafe weather or dangerous campus conditions.
Furman University in Greenville, SC has gone public with its installation of ADT Security Services' Select Link, an emergency communications system that can simultaneously send text or voice messages to cell phones, desktop and laptop computers, PDAs, and digital pagers.
In the United States, IT spending in education will reach $47.7 billion by the end of this year and is expected to top $56 billion by 2012, according to a new report from Compass Intelligence, an IT consultancy and market research firm. This growth in education--both K-12 and higher ed--is being fueled in particular by expenditures in telecommunications, collaborative technologies, and outsourced IT services.
Valcom, which sells telephone integrated paging systems, and Keltron, which sells life safety event management systems, have formed a partnership to offer Total Life Safety Communications System, an integrated, wireless system that provides extended life safety communications for organizations with multiple buildings.
PIER Systems has launched version 6.0 of the PIER--Public Information Emergency Response--system. The intent of the PIER program is to allow public affairs staff to draft, edit, and send out a message to multiple audiences directly, without having to go through conventional mass communication channels. PIER also allows users to send out notifications such as SMS text messages, manage public inquiries and respond to media effectively.
Vanderbilt University and Medical Center (VUMC) will be upgrading its wireless connectivity on campus with the help of Sprint, a long-time provider of wireless services to the school. Sprint will expand the existing system, including additional network coverage on both the Nationwide Sprint Network and the Nextel National Network covering eight buildings.
Delaware State University in Dover will use the Honeywell Instant Alert Plus notification service to help communicate with students, faculty, and staff in an emergency. The university previously relied on e-mail, fliers, and door-to-door outreach to circulate information. With the new system, the school will be able to reach people both on and off campus via phone, cell phone, pager, e-mail, or PDA. In a statement, Honeywell said the service can send up to 175,000 30-second phone calls and 125,000 text messages in 15 minutes.