Blackboard Finds Mass Notification Encourages Parental Engagement

Education technology company Blackboard reported that its Connect-ED mass notification service is now able to send messages to one out of five student households, reaching parents of 11 million K-12 students in the United States.

Cooper Notification Adds Desktop Popups to Alert Choices

Cooper Notification has launched Cooper Desktop Notification, which allows users to send real-time emergency alerts to computer desktops across the network. The new release is powered by the company's Roam Secure Alert Network emergency text and voice alerting system.

Centennial School District To Broadcast Alerts

Centennial School District in Bucks County, PA has installed CyberData's voice over IP (VoIP) Ceiling Speakers and AcroVista's BellCommander to provide general paging, scheduled audio, and emergency notifications at Klinger Middle School. The system is operating on a 3Com VCX V7000 platform.

Phoenix Area District Deploys Crisis Management System

Maricopa Unified School District has installed the Rapid Responder crisis management system to provide information to police, fire, emergency medical and school security personnel in the event of a school emergency.

Nokia Mobile Devices Lock Onto GPS Security

Nokia and Securitas announced that they'll be cooperating on plans to enhance GPS-related security services in Nokia mobile devices, at least for the European market.

NetSupport Launches Notify 2.0 Alert Software

At the FETC 2009 conference happening in Orlando, FL this week, NetSupport debuted its new NetSupport Notify 2.0 desktop alert software.

Caller ID Spoofing: Is There an Answer?

Caller ID spoofing causes the caller ID display on a phone to display something other than the real caller. It isn't a new technology; it's been around since caller ID became popular. While the original spoofing implementations were somewhat kludgy, with the advent of Voice Over IP (VoIP) they became much better. It's an easy hack that endangers institutional data through "social engineering." Are your faculty and staff aware of this potential threat?

Infinite Campus Integrates Emergency Notification with SIS

Infinite Campus has announced a new version of its student information system, District Edition 2009.2, which integrates emergency notification.

Bee-line Launches VoIP-based Mass Communication System

Bee-line Communications has recently made its Bee Interactive VoIP mass communication platform available to school administrators. The system is designed to help streamline districts' phone-based communications.

Report: Schools Throwing Away E-rate Funds

Schools and other organizations that tap the federal E-rate program are leaving about a quarter of all committed funds unused, according to a new report released this week by Funds For Learning, a firm that provides consulting services to E-rate applicants. The analysis showed that this amounts to "tens of millions of dollars" in unused funding annually.

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