Friday, December 21, 2007

Text Message Alerts

“… [California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo] has agreed to a one-year contract with e2Campus, paying $9,500 to the company that administers an alert system for notifying students, faculty and staff of emergencies of 'imminent danger,' said Vicki Stover, Cal Poly’s associate vice president of administration.

The program sends out text messages to subscribers’ e-mail accounts and cell phones. Subscribers can also sign up for a real simple syndication, or RSS, feed that they could receive on hand-held computers or personalized Web pages.

There is no charge to sign up for the services at, but some cell phone carriers might charge for receiving text messages.

… Alerts could be issued for emergencies such as natural disasters, acts or threats of violence on campus and hostile intruders, said Cornel Morton, vice president of student affairs.

... Several colleges are using similar systems to alert students of emergencies, including Harvard University ... "
You can read it: THE TRIBUNE