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Ivy Tech Deploys Emergency Alerts

Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana is deploying a new emergency alert system for its Indianapolis campus. The system will be used to "instantly notify students and staff in the Indianapolis metro area of emergencies, weather alerts, closings, and even class-related information," according to a release issued by Ivy Tech.

Dubbed Ivy Tech Alert, the system was developed by service provider DeftMobile and will allow alerts to be sent out to cell phones in the form of text messages. The service is being provided free by Ivy Tech and requires students to opt in to receive notices.

"Ivy Tech Alert will be tightly controlled by the College's security personnel and administrators, limiting messages to emergencies or important announcements on topics which students have authorized during their opt-in, sign-up process. Students may opt-out at any time," said Jason Carroll, director of security for Ivy Tech's Central Indiana region, in a prepared statement.

Ivy Tech enrolls about 110,000 students annually on 23 campuses and in almost 100 learning centers in Indiana.

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David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 25-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

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