MALVERN, Pa. & FRAMINGHAM, Ma., October 02, 2009 – SunGard Higher Education and Rave Wireless are making it easier for customers to incorporate safety solutions into their unified digital campuses. By extending hosted, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) options to integrate into existing SunGard Higher Education administrative systems, customers can quickly add campus safety capabilities.
“We have learned through very tragic events that emergency notification and campus safety solutions are not luxuries – they are critical elements of today’s campus IT infrastructure,” said David Murray, vice president at SunGard Higher Education. “In an emergency, the right information needs to get to the right people through the right channels – and fast. Responding effectively to emergencies requires accurate data and fast, reliable delivery. SunGard Higher Education is a leader in campus administrative systems, and Rave Wireless is a leader in mobile safety for Higher Education. Together, we can help deliver solutions that higher education needs for critical communications.”
The award-winning Rave Alert broadcast alerting system and Rave Guardian personal mobile alarm system can help customers create a safer campus environment:
· Rave Alert, a hosted SaaS solution, provides an easy and effective way to send broadcast or targeted text messages, e-mail, recorded voice messages and/or RSS feeds to notify the campus community of important announcements.
· Rave Guardian provides peace of mind and increased security by transforming users’ mobile phones into personal safety devices. The phone-accessed application can be armed, and when triggered, automatically sends the user’s picture, mobile number and personal information to campus police.
The Rave safety applications extend the value of a SunGard Higher Education unified digital campus by capitalizing on the comprehensive data source in the Banner UDC or PowerCAMPUS UDC administrative systems. Using this single data source makes it easier to reach more members of the campus community than a stand-alone application. It also makes it easier to keep information current because user data can be uploaded into the Rave systems without students, faculty and staff having to enter registration information in multiple places. Distribution lists for targeted alerts can also be created automatically from lists and affiliations maintained within the Banner UDC system.
"The integration of SunGard Higher Education’s PowerCAMPUS and Rave Alert allows us to effortlessly manage users across both systems,” said Marty Christofferson, dean of Campus Technology, Tompkins Cortland Community College. “Without a doubt, PowerCAMPUS customers will be interested in this package.”
“From the very beginning of implementing Rave Alert, we have been using Banner as our repository for subscriber profiles. This allows users to manage their profile details interactively via a self-service portal. This has worked incredibly well for us, and we have implemented the same process with Rave Guardian. SunGard and Rave are a great combination for us,” said Pat Burns, vice president for IT, Colorado State University.
Rave Alert and Rave Guardian campus safety solutions, as well as the Rave Transit solution, are available immediately for customers using Banner and PowerCAMPUS through SunGard Higher Education. All solutions are available as hosted, SaaS solutions and are licensed on an annual basis. For more information, please contact Cindy Ervin at email@example.com.
About SunGard Higher Education
SunGard Higher Education provides software, systems integration, strategic consulting and technology management services to help colleges and universities build, unify and manage their digital campuses. Bringing together people, processes and technology, SunGard Higher Education assists 1,600 colleges, universities, campuses, foundations and state systems strengthen institutional performance through improved constituent services, increased accountability and better educational experiences. Visit www.sungardhe.com.
SunGard is one of the world’s leading software and IT services companies. SunGard serves more than 25,000 customers in more than 70 countries.
SunGard provides software and processing solutions for financial services, higher education and the public sector. SunGard also provides disaster recovery services, managed IT services, information availability consulting services and business continuity management software.
With annual revenue exceeding $5 billion, SunGard is ranked 435 on the Fortune 500 and is the largest privately held business software and services company on the Forbes list of private businesses. Based on information compiled by Datamonitor*, SunGard is the third largest provider of business applications software after Oracle and SAP. Continuity, Insurance & Risk has recognized SunGard as service provider of the year an unprecedented six times. For more information, please visit SunGard at www.sungard.com.
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About Rave Wireless
Rave Wireless is a leading provider of mobile safety solutions for higher education institutions, government and enterprises. Rave builds, sells and supports an award-winning suite of safety applications including emergency notification systems and location-aware, personal safety tools such as Rave Alert, Rave Guardian and Rave Transit. More than 150 colleges and universities nationwide rely on Rave Wireless, including Montclair State University (NJ) who has won the Jeanne Clery Campus Safety Award and the Campus Technology Innovators Award for its implementation of Rave. Rave Wireless is headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts. Investors include Bain Capital Ventures, Sigma Partners, and RRE Ventures.
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