Santa Cruz, CA and Madison, WI (PRWEB) April 16, 2010
The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), the largest provider of postsecondary education and workforce training in Kentucky, was recognized as a Laureate by the Computerworld Honors Program for creating a statewide emergency notification system. Known as SNAP, or Safety Notification Alert Process, the system combines technology from SchoolMessenger and Singlewire Software, LLC that reaches across its 16 technical colleges and 68 campus locations to alert more than 100,000 students and employees to emergency conditions with the push of a button.
Each year the Computerworld Honors Program recognizes the most outstanding user achievements in technology. Honorees from around the globe are nominated for visionary applications of information technology that promote positive social and economic progress. This year's honorees will be commemorated during an Awards Evening in Washington DC in June.
"Each Laureate selected for this honor understands the importance of using one's resources and technical prowess to benefit one's fellow man," said Bob Carrigan, Chairman of the Computerworld Honors Program Chairmen's Committee and CEO of IDG Communications Worldwide.
The KCTCS system consists of two parts. Singlewire InformaCast provides on-campus and intra-campus messaging that allows administrators to direct notifications to a specific college, campus, or building. If needed, audio and text messages can be sent, interrupting calls and turning IP phones into loudspeakers to broadcast critical news and updates. At the same time, bright-colored bars can be run across color computer terminals to deliver a clear message with detailed directions.
With no dorms on campus, communicating directly to students who commute up to an hour daily is equally important. SchoolMessenger's massive communications capabilities enable thousands of personalized and timely voice calls, text messages, and emails to be sent instantly in any language.
"We applaud KCTCS for the honor that has been bestowed on it and the vision it has shown in creating a statewide crisis communications system that is unmatched," said Sanford Kenyon, president of SchoolMessenger. "With just a push of the button students, parents, faculty, and staff anywhere in the state can be alerted to threatening conditions, and then kept up-to-date as the situation unfolds."
"KCTCS has done something truly extraordinary with their emergency notification system in Kentucky and deserve the notoriety and accolades it has received," said Brad Parkel, director of marketing at Singlewire Software. "They have created a powerfully informed system of campuses that can communicate directly with each other, through a variety of devices, to ensure that safety remains the number one priority at all times."
A congratulatory video produced by SchoolMessenger and Singlewire is available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsnaLdC5xDY/.
Since its formation in 1998, KCTCS has become the largest provider of postsecondary education and workforce training in Kentucky serving more than 500,000 citizens. The statewide system of 16 colleges and 68 campuses has a current enrollment of more than 100,000 students, with more than 10,000 faculty and staff. KCTCS also houses the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services and the Kentucky Fire Commission. kctcs.edu
Singlewire Software LLC, based in Madison, WI, develops and supports innovative voice applications centered around secure, fast, and reliable mass notification capabilities. Main offerings include: InformaCast, InformaCast CK, PushToTalk, and DORA, and allow customers unprecedented control in designing mass notifications, assigning them to specific recipients, and determining the medium for dissemination--IP phones, IP speakers, email, etc.--all with the peerless capacity for customization to our customers' specific environments. To learn more, please visit http://www.singlewire.com.
SchoolMessenger is a leading provider of notification solutions for education. Thousands of school districts, public schools, colleges, universities, private schools and other educational facilities in all 50 states depend on the company's innovative solutions to connect and effectively communicate with millions of parents, students and staff every day. Founded in 1999, the company is headquartered in Santa Cruz, California. For information, visit http://www.schoolmessenger.com or call 888.527.5225.