Tompkins Cortland Community College Selects AT&T and Rave Wireless to Support Award-Winning Mobile Solution
DRYDEN, N.Y., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — AT&T Inc. today announced a contract with Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) to support its “Mobile TC3″ initiative, which provides discounted packages of wireless plans and devices that are tailored to college life. Under the contract, TC3 will use AT&T’s network services and discounted plans to help expand the value and feature set of its Mobile TC3 initiative with the goal of reducing management cost and complexity. Rave Wireless will also support this initiative by providing a suite of mobile applications for safety, learning and campus life.
AT&T will provide members of the TC3 community the opportunity to purchase discounted text messaging plans and devices to support the needs of students on a budget. In addition, AT&T plans to continue to build out dedicated coverage and capacity so AT&T subscribers have quality service on and around the TC3 campus. The network build-out will facilitate delivery of all Mobile TC3 text alerts and easy access to data- and GPS-based applications on campus and throughout the Greater Dryden area.
“AT&T is an ideal partner for TC3 and our mobile initiative,” said Marty Christofferson, TC3 dean of campus technology. “Our goal is to allow the TC3 community to access all of our services and to interact with classmates and faculty wherever they may be. Through the services provided by AT&T and Rave Wireless, we will get a head start on out-of-the-box functionality to support a truly unique mobile solution with everywhere access.”
Unlike mobile initiatives that require all students and staff to purchase and use a specific device, the Mobile TC3 initiative allows students, faculty and staff the flexibility to choose from a wide variety of mobile devices, ranging from simple flip phones to advanced smartphones such as the Apple iPhone.
Tompkins Cortland Community College has been honored with a Center for Digital Government 2008 Best of New York Award. The college was recognized for its Mobile TC3 initiative that allows students and staff greater access to important information from mobile communications devices such as cell phones, smartphones and PDAs. The award, which was in the category of “Project Demonstrating Most Innovative Use of Technology,” was presented to Christofferson at the Government Technology Conference in Albany earlier this year.
Founded in 1968, Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) is one of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Located in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes region just minutes from Cornell University, Ithaca College and SUNY Cortland, TC3 offers students the individual attention they need for success in 54 certificate and degree programs such as nursing, criminal justice, communication and media arts, business administration, computer science, liberal arts and sciences, new media, and sport management. The student body represents most of the counties in New York State, more than a dozen states, and more than 50 countries. Student housing, a fitness center, a complete recreation sports program, and a diverse collection of special interest clubs and organizations add to the TC3 experience. The College also supports a complete intercollegiate athletics program.
About Rave Wireless
Rave Wireless (ravewireless.com) is the leading provider of safety applications for mobile users. Rave builds, sells and supports the award-winning Rave Alert and Rave Guardian products that deliver the only two-way safety solution complete with inbound and outbound emergency alerting. Rave builds upon its strong foundation in mobile phone safety products to deliver Rave Campus, a complete suite of academic, safety, community and social applications specially designed for students’ mobile phones. Colleges and universities nationwide rely on Rave Wireless and have won the Jeanne Clery Campus Safety Award and the Campus Technology Innovators Award for their Rave implementations. Rave Wireless is headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts. Investors include Bain Capital Ventures, Sigma Partners, and RRE Ventures.
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