Cary, NC, June 06, 2007 ? clearTXT, a leading provider of information delivery platforms for colleges and universities, today announced that Louisiana State University (LSU) has implemented the company´s Ubiquity product to manage its campus-wide public safety-related communications. As the framework for the university´s Emergency Text Messaging System, Ubiquity will allow LSU to notify up to 35,000 students, faculty, and staff of an emergency situation.
"Our university is committed to a continuous effort to enhance campus safety," said LSU Chancellor Sean O´Keefe. "The ability to easily manage the delivery of emergency notifications serves as another method of improving our system for communicating with the LSU family."
The LSU Emergency Text Messaging System is a service that allows anyone in the LSU community, including the LSU AgCenter and Paul M. Herbert Law Center, to receive alerts, news, or other emergency information via text message, desktop alert, and email. LSU students, faculty, and staff members can voluntarily sign-up for the new service by providing their cell phone information through their university PAWS account.
When considering the type of communication system to implement, it was important that the university find an easy-to-use, easy-to-access, and easy-to-manage message delivery system. As Ubiquity is managed through an intuitive user interface via a web browser, users and/or administrators are not required to download or install additional mobile software applications. In addition, there are no subscription fees; however, users are responsible for regular text messaging rates through their cellular service providers.
"Working with a fully hosted solution that provides remote web access from any location has kept our associated operational costs down to a minimum," said Ricky Adams, LSU chief of police and directory of emergency operations. "We have implemented the LSU Emergency Text Messaging System as part of our university´s crisis communication plan without requiring additional personnel or IT infrastructure changes – a distinct advantage to our university as we seek ways in which to maximize our campus-wide budget."
Ubiquity is the only information delivery platform created by an academic specifically for the academic community. Ubiquity allows administrators to take a multi-channel communication approach, allowing for users to receive information via different devices across different channels (i.e., mobile phone, email, desktop ticker window, instant message, and pop-up desktop alert.) In addition, universities such as LSU can receive critical third-party information via RSS feeds such as National Weather Service and Department of Homeland Security alerts.
Founded in 2003, clearTXT is a leading provider of information delivery platforms for colleges and universities. clearTXT was created by an academic solely to provide communication solutions to the academic community. Its Ubiquity product enables a multi-channel approach for campus communications by sending messages via email, text message, ticker desktop window, instant message and pop-up desktop alert (both PC and Mac). clearTXT currently provides over 70 educational organizations with distributed information delivery systems, including the University of Cincinnati, Seton Hall and the University of Memphis. For more information, visit www.cleartxt.com or call 1-866-472-1901