West Texas A&M University Chooses SpectraRep’s ActiveCrawl RSS For Emergency
Alerting to the Desktop
Deployed Through e2Campus, Solution Part of Multi-Platform Approach to Campus Alerting
CHANTILLY, VA., - October 21, 2009 - SpectraRep®, LLC announced today that West Texas A&M University has selected ActiveCrawl RSS as its campus-wide desktop solution for emergency notifications. Deployed through e2Campus, the leading unified emergency notification system for education, ActiveCrawl RSS allows campus officials to send emergency alerts to the computer desktops of all students, faculty and staff via text crawls that scroll along the bottom of the screen.
“With more than 8,600 students, faculty and staff on our campus, security and safety is very important to West Texas A&M,” said James Webb, Chief Information Officer. “We believe desktop alerting is an efficient method to reach people during any type of situation since the campus population uses and tends to be near their computers and laptops for extended periods of time. Through its integration with e2Campus, ActiveCrawl RSS provides us with an automatic way to send out desktop alerts simultaneously with other platform alerts. It’s a major part of our multimodal approach to campus alerting and security.”
Sample Text Crawl Sent Via ActiveCrawl RSS
ActiveCrawl RSS is part of SpectraRep's ActiveAccess™ suite of solutions for emergency alerting to the computer desktop. As a Certified Endpoint Provider of e2Campus, ActiveCrawl RSS is easily accessed through the e2Campus administrative interface to initiate and send alerts to the desktop. Text crawls are delivered within seconds of being issued. On the desktop, ActiveCrawl RSS sits in the desktop tray. When an event does occur, text alerts appear as text scrolls along the bottom of the screen. Alerts appear in front of any other open programs so they are not missed.
"At one point, we had considered implementing an in-house solution for desktop alerting, but with ActiveCrawl RSS included in the e2Campus suite we overcame many of the problems we encountered with bandwidth and functionality,” commented Webb. “It has enabled us to rapidly deploy the solution before school began and now we feel we are fully prepared should an event arise that we need to notify people about.”
About West Texas A&M
SpectraRep® LLC is a leading provider of emergency notification applications, managed network solutions and systems for homeland security, public safety, education and mass media sectors. ActiveAccess™ by SpectraRep® delivers a suite of trusted solutions like ActiveCrawl RSS for rapid emergency alerting to the computer desktop. ActiveAccess, in combination with SpectraRep’s AlertManager™ and IncidentOne™ solutions, provides a comprehensive emergency alert notification resource for colleges and universities, state and local governments, businesses and organizations. Current clients include: Penn State, Northwestern College, Buena Vista University, Lander University, West Texas A&M, Goshen University, Gray Television Incorporated, Meredith Corporation, and Entercom Communications Corporation. For more information about SpectraRep, visit www.spectrarep.com or call 703.227.9690.
Used by more than 650 schools around the country, e2Campus is the first and most trusted unified emergency notification system in education. The CAP compliant, Tier-1 notification system enables non-technical staff to administer and send custom or predefined messages instantly to the entire campus community for improved crisis communications. There is no traditional software to install, no hardware to buy and no additional phone lines needed. Through one unified interface, e2Campus instantly and simultaneously sends multimodal alerts to a subscriber's mobile phone (via SMS text message), landline phone (via voice message), computer desktop (pop-up), and e-mail accounts, plus school infrastructure such as PA systems, digital signage, alert beacons, Facebook Pages, Twitter Accounts, and relevant school Web pages. To learn more, visit http://www.e2Campus.com.
Edward Czarnecki, PhD