The state of Louisiana has selected Omnilert's e2Campus communications system for use as an emergency notification platform for higher education. Through the State Contract for Emergency Notification Services, Louisiana colleges and universities will be able to purchase the system without the need for an additional RFP, according to Omnilert.
Bethel University in Minnesota has deployed the Enterasys Network Access Control for more than 7,000 students, faculty, and staff to help manage more than 4,000 networked devices. The NAC provides role-based policy management for security and bandwidth control.
Higher education mobile services provider Rave Wireless has joined the SunGard Higher Education Collaborative and said it will provide mobile services, including alerts and collaborative technologies, for SunGard customers. The SunGard HE Collaborative is a network of companies whose stated aim is to help "colleges and universities build and manage reliable, integrated solutions that extend and enhance a unified digital campus."
With 80,000 students and 24 campuses across a state that's intimately familiar with inclement weather, Pennsylvania State University clearly needs a reliable--and redundant--system of emergency notification.
Nortel has launched an initiative to use service-oriented architecture (SOA) technology to more flexibly support the communications needs of enterprises and organizations. A number of plans and ideas are associated with the initiative, which Nortel calls "Communications Enablement."
George Washington University is deploying GW Alert, a system based on ActiveAccess from BIA Information Network, a private label campus security application installed on student, staff and faculty computers to alert students to campus safety events.
First Alert System Text (FAST) has launched a new grant program for colleges and universities, offering no-cost implementation and service for its text message-based emergency notification system. Through the Secure Campus Grant program, 100 higher ed campuses in the United States will be awarded the notification system.
The market for mobile educational gaming will more than triple by 2012, according to a new forecast released late last week by research firm Ambient Insight. Demand for mobile educational gaming will expand at a compound annual growth rate of 26.5 percent over the next five years, with annual revenues expected to hit $185 million by 2012, up from the current $57 million.
If you could design a massive technology project from the earliest stages all the way through deployment and complete and total user adoption, what would the plan look like? Perhaps it would resemble the Villanova University rollout of unified communications.
Voorhees College in South Carolina has completed a multi-phase deployment of new voice and data solution to enable distance learning, increase bandwidth, and add emergency communications services. The college partnered with CDW-G for planning and implementation, with systems provided by Verizon and Sprint.