Bidirectional SMS, Opt-Out Manager Among New Features in e2Campus 4.0
LEESBURG, Va., Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — OmnilertÃ‚®, LLC today announced the upcoming release of e2CampusÃ‚® uAlert version 4.0, the leading interactive safety communication solution for education. A groundbreaking new feature, called Opt-Out Manager, enables schools to automatically enroll their entire campus community into the emergency notification system and manage the process from beginning to end. Another innovative new feature is a bidirectional SMS text message function that lets students and others reply to text alerts for polling, feedback, or requests for assistance. Other new features include an expanded user management API, a new multi-headed RSS engine, greater security features, faster speeds, and more. The 4.0 release will be available later this fall.
“Critical to the success of an emergency notification system is making sure everyone gets the alert,” said Omnilert’s CEO, Ara Bagdasarian. “We understand some schools have had challenges to get everyone to opt-in for alerts. In fact, the state of Texas made ‘opt-out’ a requirement for higher education institutions that goes into effect in January 2012. If your school has a requirement for opt-out emergency notifications, then no other solution will be easier to implement than e2Campus. The Opt-Out Manager will dramatically help schools go from low percentage participation to as high as 100 percent participation in the campus alert system.”
Bagdasarian continued, “Once a student or employee of the school gets an alert, they have the ability to reply to voice and now text alerts. This can prove to be invaluable during an emergency. Best of all, to make these new technology advancements without raising the price is a true testament to how committed we are to campus safety.”
The Opt-Out Manager offers a simple, streamlined process within the e2Campus console to enable 100 percent participation in the emergency alerting system. It walks an administrator through the steps to import the recipient data, send a registration alert, collect opt-out users, list bad data for resolution, and store the information for reporting later as required by law in the state of Texas. The new optional setting can switch the system into Opt-Out mode, which bypasses validation and instead sends a “You have been registered…” text with an option to opt-out.
The e2Campus service has always had a way to collect responses to voice calls for polling and other needs. Now the SMS Reply feature makes it easy for students, faculty and staff to respond to mass alerts via bidirectional text messaging. The SMS Reply feature can be used to give feedback, vote on issues, request help, ask questions, accept assignments, and more. Responses appear in the message delivery details and are exportable.
The innovative User Management API (Application Programming Interface) has continued to grow with new and improved API calls that allow schools to develop their own custom software and/or interface to manage users in the e2Campus system. This makes developing a custom solution even easier for clients.
e2Campus 4.0 now offers a multi-headed RSS engine, called MultiFeed, that allows more than one RSS feed. This is valuable for schools with different RSS feeds for different campuses, multiple feeds for multiple devices, etc.
Other new features include new “My e2Campus” pages for faster load times and greater access control levels for tighter security. Client administrators can now rename their services (e.g. change “Web Widget” to “Homepage”), hide the wireless carrier list on registration forms, and resend validation codes during tech support calls.
Used by more than 800 schools around the country, e2Campus is the leading safety communication solution for education. The e2Campus 360 Safety Suite includes uAlert, uTip, uSafe, uConference, Hotline and the Multimodal Showcase. The award-winning flagship service, uAlert, is the first and most trusted unified emergency notification system in education. Higher education clients include large schools such as Arizona State, Penn State, and Cal Poly as well as hundreds of smaller schools with as few as 100 students. K12 clients include large school systems such as St. Tammany Parish Public School System to small private day schools. To learn more, visit www.e2Campus.com. Existing client administrators can discover online resources in a peer-driven community at www.e2Campus.org.
Omnilert, LLC develops intuitive communication technologies that keep communities safe and connected. The company’s flagship service is a Tier-1 unified mass notification system that enables a single person to communicate timely information to thousands of people anywhere, anytime, on any device or service. The award-winning company’s 4,000 clients include the U.S. Army, Bayer, Mazda, sanofi-aventis, Arizona State University, Penn State, Marine Corps Marathon, YMCA, American Red Cross, and UNICEF. Omnilert solutions are sold under the brand names e2Campus, Amerilert, and RainedOut. The privately held company is headquartered in Leesburg, Va., and at www.omnilert.com online.
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