Joshua Independent School District in Texas is rolling out a new emergency communications system across its campuses. The deployment is aimed specifically at addressing emergency situations by providing first responders with school information.
The Mobile County Public School System is getting ready to implement a district-wide parent notification system that will help reach the families of more than 63,000 students at 98 schools throughout the county. The district plans to use the system, SchoolMessenger, to increase annual yearly progress (AYP) funding, streamline emergency contact, and enhance general home-school communication.
During the company's presentation at DEMOfall 08, Alerts.com announced the launch of its free school alert notification and messaging system, MySchoolAlerts.
Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) has announced plans to install Prepared Response's Rapid Responder crisis management system for use during emergencies in the district's 78 schools.
Bio-Key International has announced the release of two new emergency alert and management solutions for the education market. MobileSRO is designed specifically for the K-12 environment, while MobileCampus caters to higher education and other campus-based organizations.
For schools that rely on E-rate funding for telecommunications and Internet access, changes are afoot that could impact planning as soon as funding year 2009. The Federal Communications Commission is seeking comments on potential changes to the E-rate Eligible Services List that in some cases would narrow the list of eligible technologies and in some cases expand it. The notice was filed in the Federal Register Aug. 18, so comments are due in less than a month.
AlertNow has announced that it will be offering its service to all Nebraska Educational Service Unit (ESU) members at a 10 percent discount. The deal, said to be in recognition of an alliance formed July 30 between the company and Nebraska ESU Cooperative Purchasing, will apply to all purchases made prior to July 31, 2009.
Teltronics announced recently that it's been selected by GE Security to provide a new IP-based, secure multimedia platform that will serve as the next generation of the company's StarCall system. Dubbed StarCall iPLUS, the new SIP-compliant, IP-based platform is designed to provide a host of new features designed to reduce costs and improve efficiency.
St. Helena Unified School District (SHUSD), located in Northern California, has finished installing a Cisco IP-based unified communications solution that provides voice, video, mobility and presence services to 1,500 K-12 students, their families, and 250 district employees. The district worked with Stamford, CT-based MTM Technologies on the installation, which replaced a seven-year-old PBX that was frequently unreliable. The project took three months to complete.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Software developer Skyward has launched a new mass notification system designed specifically for K-12 schools. Dubbed Skylert, the system is also designed to integrate with Skyward's Family Access system.