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CampusCast

CampusCast is a flexible notification system that lets your key stakeholders –students, faculty, staff, first responders, board of trustees, media, etc. – decide how they want you to communicate with them based on an emergency or non-emergency situation. Voice messages, text to speech, enhanced e-mail, and
SMS text messages – in addition to social media connections – all can be delivered at rapid speed.

CampusCast makes it easy for everyone to be able to receive alerts and notifications at home, at work, in their cars, on campus – anywhere!

CampusCast meets or exceeds all of the guidelines for a "Campus Alerting System" as reported by the Virginia Tech Shooting Review Panel.

TRUE Text Messaging!

CampusCast uses true SMS text messaging, not "SMTP" or "email-based" text messaging as many companies do. This is important because only SMS text messages are truly supported by the cellular networks – SMTP messages merely "piggyback" on the cellular networks with the lowest delivery priority, no way to ensure the messages are in fact received, and have a low reliability and deliver ability rating.

Targeted Messaging

CampusCast is able to send messages to your entire college or university community or just select groups of people. There are an unlimited number of groups available for the client to customize and place people into – school sites, campus "zones", vocational vs. traditional students, athletic teams, bands, clubs, etc.

CampusCast delivers targeted messaging options to all of these groups and our flexible "user permissions" options ensure that only those members of the Campus administrative or security staff are able to send messages to those within their authorized groups (i.e. a faculty member can't accidentally send a "class is cancelled" message to the entire college/university population).

How It Works

There are three main components to the CampusCast rapid communication system:

First, there’s the Web-based portion. This is where account administrators can launch (or schedule) voice, enhanced e-mail, and SMS text alerts/messages – as well as view results. Account details can be easily monitored. Social media (Facebook, Twitter, and RSS feeds) can be established in connection with CampusCast. And a variety of reports and targeted groups can be created, modified, and shared. Best of all, CampusCast is a fully-hosted, Web-based notification product so there’s no additional hardware or software to buy!

Secondly, the Mobile Command Center is a FREE app developed to launch (or schedule) alerts and messages directly from a variety of cellular and wireless technologies, including Apple, Android, and Blackberry. The built-in translation feature makes it visually easy to preview any notices before being sent. Also, all sent alerts and messages can be monitored from within the app.

Lastly, there’s the SchoolCast Interactive Voice Response (IVR) phone system. Voice alerts are launched from anywhere in the world by using any cellular or landline telephone and the CampusCast toll-free  phone number. Send audio alerts to everyone in your school’s database or limit to targeted groups.

All three components of the CampusCast system make it easy and effective for you to stay in touch with your targeted publics.

Benefits

CampusCast is a flexible communication system right down to its name. With CampusCast, you can customize the product’s name (EagleAlert, LionNotify, WolfComm, etc.) and appearance to fit your college/university needs and branding.

Having the ability to schedule and fully integrate with your Lightweight Access Director Protocol (LDAP) or college/university Student Information System (SIS) database makes it easy to keep your data in sync.

Also, CampusCast easily works with many of the nation’s leading alert beacon and desktop messaging programs, which expands the product’s use and functionality. CampusCast also integrates with electronic signs, Web sites, and closed network televisions to provide more options for rapid notification with students, faculty, and staff.

Additionally, many colleges/universities may choose to allow students to gain access to the CampusCast Dashboard. Here, students can update and add to their individual contacts and contact information, which might not be available through the college’s or university’s database. (Doing so, also allows students to share in the responsibility of data accuracy.)  Plus, by using your college’s or university’s LDAP user name, students and faculty don’t have to remember multiple log-ons!

CampusCast comes complete with its own Weather Monitor feature that’s linked to the National Weather Service. Create and send specific weather alerts based on geographic area and conditions that you choose.

Also, with the CampusCast Dashboard, your key stakeholders can view and retrieve any time/date stamped alert or message sent during the current school year.

Plus, with CampusCast, there’s no additional hardware or software to buy – and no hidden fees.

Key Features

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Mobile Apps

CampusCast works with…

SchoolCast Mobile Command Center
  • We have had the privilege of using the CampusCast emergency notification system since 2008. It is an affordable and highly effective tool for getting out emergency or non-emergency notifications. The on-site training for the system was great as well as the prompt attention to service. We have used the system on several occasions to inform students of school closings due to bad weather. I highly recommend CampusCast to other community colleges and schools. The ease of use and speedy response time for communicating messages to our students is wonderful."

    James A.
    Associate Dean of Instruction and Information Technology
    Lurleen B. Wallace Community College

  • CampusCast has provided us an affordable, yet reliable and versatile system to communicate with our campus community. With various target audiences, we have the flexibility to communicate with a small segment or the entire campus. The system is very user-friendly and the smartphone app makes it accessible to launch messages from anywhere."

    Scott M., Ed.D
    Vice President for Student Life
    Tennessee Weslyan College

Resources


Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations
Plans for Institutions of Higher Education

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Action Guide for Emergency Management at Institutions of Higher Education

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The Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting

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Campus Safety & Security Reporting Training

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Timely Warning vs. Emergency Notification

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