Omnilert’s e2Campus ‘free’ to Florida Universities & Colleges

Link: Florida Universities & Community Colleges Can Apply for Funds to Purchase e2Campus Emergency Notification System.

Omnilert LLC, developers of the e2Campus mass notification system, today announced that public universities and community colleges within the Florida Department of Education (DOE) can apply for funds originally allocated from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to cover the costs of a host-based emergency notification service such as e2Campus.

This is a good idea I think.  I was chatting to some people at my old uni, University College London recently: I asked them how they’d contact all 21,000 students (and I’m sure, another 1,000 staff) immediately in event of a problem or time of crisis.  The answer?  ‘Errrrr’.

 

This is one of those systems that you want to make sure you have BEFORE the time of crisis…  no excuse if you’re a Florida University or College!

11 Responses to Omnilert’s e2Campus ‘free’ to Florida Universities & Colleges

  1. Nick April 10, 2006 at 8:09 pm #

    The best part is that people actually read SMS messages but they will not answer a call from some number they don’t recognize.

    This story has made allot of buzz in the news media (online at least) and I hope it will help promote the need and the solution, just like your nice post above have done.

    Thanks.

  2. Bill April 19, 2007 at 1:07 am #

    e2campus is awesome!! Its real easy to get setup on and I can now find out about my classes and stuff as soon as its known. I dont have to wait for an email to come through which sometimes takes hours!! Thanks e2campus!

  3. steve procter April 19, 2007 at 9:00 am #

    In relation to this system in times of emergency and having to contact the entire campus within a few short minutes…

    1. does this system have the infrastructural support from the local network operators to ensure that a burst of 21000 messages can be delivered within a couple of local cells within a few minutes maximum?

    2. does the system have the support of the network operators to ensure that if an emergencey occurs and the text channel has to be turned off (to stop it being used to set off detonators, etc) or have its capacity reduced significantly to ensure emergency workers receive priority, that messages via this system will be given priority and still get through in the same very short timeframe?

    I do not know of anyone who has set this level of service guarantee up with UK operators so will be keen to know if US ones are doing it.

    steve/itagg.com

  4. ewan April 19, 2007 at 9:34 am #

    I don’t know that every student needs to receive the message within a few minutes — as long as the message can be delivered to 20,000 people over perhaps 10 minutes or so, I think that’s effective. Even 20 minutes. It’s much better than sending email to people.

  5. steve procter April 19, 2007 at 11:08 am #

    I am talking about emergency situations. The gun shootings and sunami’s are two examples where very sadly indeed, 20 minutes could be the difference between life and death.

    Text could be the absolutely perfect medium for distributing emergency/urgent information and I would love to see it work. I am just simply trying to raise the subject that the infrastructure and operator support may not be there.

    And comparing to email, well lets not even go there. Email is so disastrously the wrong medium I can’t even bear to think why this was used the other day.

    steve

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  1. Niclas Gustavsson - April 10, 2006

    SMS Notifications

    I was glad to see that I am not the only one who gets it with the need for SMS as a means to notifying student and staff in the event of an emergency.
    I found this great article at SMS Text News. Well worth a read.

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