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OmnilertApr 10, 2007 10:45:54 AM4 min read

State University of New York at New Paltz Embraces Text Messaging

University to send campus closings and emergency info to cell phones of students, faculty and staff


Omnilert, LLC, maker of the leading mass notification system for higher education called e2Campus, today announced that the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz has purchased e2Campus. SUNY New Paltz will use the Web-based service to instantly push urgent news and public safety information to the cell phones of students, faculty and staff whether recipients are in class, on campus, or going about their day off campus. Recipients do not need special software or hardware to receive the alerts. Recipients with an existing cell phone or email account simply register online to receive the alerts.


Rachel Reuben, Director of Web Communication & Strategic Projects at SUNY New Paltz said, In order to communicate a delay or cancellation on campus due to weather or any other kind of emergency situation, we currently update at least two different Web sites, contact a dozen regional media outlets, update our on-campus information line, contact our switchboard operators and Welcome Center greeters, and send e-mails to the appropriate lists. However, no matter how much outreach we attempt, we still find we get occasional calls from students that say they didn’t know or hear that we delayed or canceled classes.


We realized it was time to look into other solutions – and that’s when we found e2Campus. We have heavy cell phone, and especially text-messaging, use on our campus, and realized that’s the perfect way to reach our students, faculty and staff. When we learned that e2Campus has other features that will reduce the time we spend on our current procedures for notifications, we were sold.


About e2Campus
Endorsed by Security On Campus Inc. and used by schools around the country, e2Campus is the Web-based mass notification system that enables school officials to self-administer and send time-sensitive messages for a fraction of the cost and complexity of existing notification solutions. There is no traditional software to install, no hardware to buy and no additional phone lines needed. A school can set up a secure notification system in minutes to send routine, urgent or emergency notifications to their entire campus community or groups, such as multiple campuses, residence halls, staff-only or sports news. e2Campus instantly and simultaneously sends mass alerts to a subscriber’s mobile phone (via SMS text message), BlackBerry, smart phone, wireless PDA, text pager, e-mail account and relevant Web page. To learn more, visit online.


About Omnilert, LLC
Omnilert, LLC is the leading provider of selective mass communications for sending time-sensitive information to large groups of people. The self-service, Web-based system enables a single person to communicate timely information to thousands of people anywhere, anytime, on any device. It is ideal for announcing school closings, game cancellations, weather warnings, terrorist alerts, and marketing promotions. The system is built around a reliable SMS text messaging system that sends content directly to a mobile phone, as well as an e-mail address, Web page, pager or wired phone. Omnilert Text and Voice solutions are sold under the names e2Campus, Amerilert, RainedOut and through resellers. The privately held company is headquartered in Leesburg, Va., and at online.