Schools use Honeywell Instant Alert to contact parents

SSN Staff  - 
Thursday, October 25, 2007

MINNEAPOLIS--Honeywell announced on Oct. 22 that 29 school districts in Washington and Idaho will use Honeywell Instant Alert for Schools, a Web-based notification service, to quickly contact parents and staff with emergency and routine school news.
Instant Alert replaces phone trees and gives administrators a way to send clear, consistent messages to thousands of people within minutes. The service broadcasts alerts via phone, cell phone, pager, e-mail and PDA. It can send 150,000 30-second phone calls in 15 minutes and 6,400 text-based messages per minute.
Instant Alert also allows schools to create an unlimited number of subgroups and send
customized messages to these groups, about club or sports activities for example.
To use Instant Alert, a designated school representative initiates a message through a secure Web site or by phone. The message is instantly relayed to all contact points provided by parents or guardians. Parents can update their contact information online and specify how they want to be reached - e-mail for a routine message, and e-mail, pager and cell phone for emergency communications, for example.
More than 1,800 schools across the country currently use this system.