A relatively new system is already getting an upgrade.
Texas A&M’s “Code Maroon” alert system will change to a new program on August 31, 2009.
The new program will streamline the way the messages are sent out, will allow for desktop pop-up messages, and will also allow the general public to receive the alerts through an RSS feed or on Twitter.
The new system is now accepting registrations, and Pierce E. Cantrell - the Vice President and Associate Provost for Information Technology at Texas A&M – said they will begin a full campaign to get students registered starting next week.
Cantrell also said those who were enrolled in the old system will have to enroll in the new system, as they weren’t able to transfer the information over.
The “Code Maroon” system can send out emergency messages to those enrolled in the program through text messages, campus email, emergency alert radio systems, and can also break into programming on KAMU-FM as well as campus cable televisions.
Only A&M students, faculty, or staff can register to receive the text or email messages, but anyone can receive the alerts through RSS or Twitter once the new system goes active in August.
The system was originally implemented in September of 2007, and was installed because of concerns of how to effectively notify those on campus about an emergency, especially after the Virginia Tech shootings.
The new system uses a program designed by AtHoc.