Universities Demo Emergency Contact Pilot Program After Virginia Tech Tragedy

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(NewsUSA) - Ever since the massacre at Virginia Tech, schools have ramped up their search for new, state-of-the-art messaging systems. Before the tragedy, colleges and universities were slow to adopt such programs, but now there seems to be a rush.

In fact, some security companies are jumping on the opportunity to offer their products, especially now that schools realize that it is literally a life-or-death matter. The University of Chicago and the University of Kentucky are just two universities that are considering ways to beef up security. But the big question is: What should they be looking for when it comes to reliable messaging systems?

John Rodkey of TechRadium, in Sugar Land, Texas, a company that provides a patented immediate response information system known as IRIS, says schools can no longer rely on old systems like telephone trees, phone banks, and auto-dialers, for a very simple reason: "Immediate response notification systems are faster, more effective, and much more cost-efficient than manual systems."

That's why TechRadium is offering a free demo of IRIS to any schools or universities interested in checking out the program.

Rodkey says state-of-the-art technology like IRIS allows messages to be broadcast to large numbers of people in a short time period - and it only costs $2 to $3 per student annually. "That's a small price to pay to save students' lives," he says.

IRIS sends messages through multiple communication devices including landline telephones, cell phones, e-mail, pagers, and PDAs. The system can communicate to people in more than 10 languages, so successful contact is virtually guaranteed.

Here's a scenario: A typical school district might have 25,000 people on its contact list. If each has three phone numbers, 75,000 calls would be needed. IRIS proceeds through each calling sequence at digital speed. It covers all primary numbers from A to Z before calling secondary numbers. By reaching across the entire alphabet at once, everyone contacted receives the information at the same time.

As more and more counties nationwide sign up with TechRadium, don't let your community's schools, colleges and universities be left behind - using out-of-date systems as the increasing demand for state-of-the-art technology like IRIS grows is simply inefficient. For more information and a TechRadium's demo, visit www.useiris.com.

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