Emergency Notification Firm Creates Consortium Pricing Scheme

Omnilert, which offers e2Campus, an emergency notification system for higher education, has created a marketing program that allows participants to collectively purchase the software at a group rate.

E2Campus, a web-based service, lets schools send out messages to registered users via mobile phone, landline phone, website and personal portal, digital signage and alert beacons, loudspeakers and PA systems, RSS and email.

Especially targeted to smaller campuses, the consortium model gives schools a way to take advantage of a lower per-user pricing level. The more schools from the consortium that sign up, the more each school saves. For example, said the company in a statement, if five schools each with 5,000 users participated in the program, each school would receive pricing at the 25,000 user level. Schools are responsible for establishing their own group. The company didn't specify specific pricing levels.

"This program makes a lot of sense," said Dr. Lawrence Dotolo, President of the Virginia Tidewater Consortium for Higher Education. "Institutions can come together and leverage their resources to get a better price. Every school is going to need an alert system like e2Campus, and this program provides a great opportunity to get onboard."

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at dian@dischaffhauser.com or on Twitter @schaffhauser.

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