Louisiana State University will use clearTXT for its emergency text messaging system, becoming the third large university to pick the Cary-based company’s product in the past two months.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
Text messaging received considerable attention during the recent attacks on students and faculty at Virginia Tech University when many people used “TXTing” to provide information and updates.
LSU will use clearTXT’s Ubiquity product as part of its program to communicate with 35,000 students, faculty and staff in emergencies.
“Our university is committed to a continuous effort to enhance campus safety,” said LSU Chancellor Sean O’Keefe in a statement. “The ability to easily manage the delivery of emergency notifications serves as another method of improving our system for communicating with the LSU family.”
The system is designed to enable the reception of alerts, news, or other emergency information via text message, desktop alert, and e-mail. The service is voluntary.
clearTXT offers a hosted service, enabling customers to implement a system without additions to infrastructure or personnel, according to the company.
Other university clients for clearTXT include the University of Cincinnati and Seton Hall.