Purdue testing text message early warning system for students

PurduePurdue University is the latest higher education facility to use text messages for campus emergencies. The  current semester will be used to test their system and the plan is to provide an Early Warning Notification System for students, faculty and staff. With a few very unfortunate and tragic security incidents in recent years, I’m seeing more organizations look for mobile tech to assist with security situations. The near-instant nature of text messaging makes it a perfect conduit to provide security information, warnings and updates and it’s highly likely that most students have a cell phone that can receive these. Students: don’t hem and haw over having to provide your cell phone to school administration if you opt-in. They have your best interests in mind with this approach as long as they use the info only for the purposes intended.

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