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Re: [school-discuss] OS4ED Release bAlert

Hi Justin,

This one of our paid services.  I probably should have considered that before I sent it.  I am a little sleep deprived with a five month old baby.  This discussion list is on my checklist to send announcements to and I wasn't even thinking.  My apologies if I broke list etiquette.

While the entire solution is built on open source, we do have to charge to cover the infrastructure cost.  Again, my apologies for not thinking before I sent the email.


On Dec 6, 2007 2:09 PM, Justin <jriddiough@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Where can more information be found for bAlert, specifically, the
license and code?


Casey Adams wrote:
> Hi All,
> OS4ED has just released its latest solution bAlert, a web based email
> and SMS text messaging system for K-12 and Higher Ed.  The
> announcement is below.  We are very excited about this solution and
> think it has many practical applications for education.  The solution
> will be offered on an annual subscription basis.  Feel free to direct
> any questions to my direct email:  casey@xxxxxxxxx
> <mailto: casey@xxxxxxxxx>.  Contact phone is below if you want to talk
> in person.  Thanks!
> --
> Casey Adams
> 205.612.5489
> Message:
> Open Solutions for Education
> Thursday December 6, 2007
> ------------------------------
> -------------------------------------
> OS4ED announces the release of bAlert, our web based email and SMS
> text messaging communication solution.  bAlert allows you to send
> unlimited emails and SMS text messages to any number of users or
> groups.  bAlert even works when traditional phone lines are down
> because it uses cellular modems completely bypassing POTS.
> bAlert Features include:
> 1) Email and Short Message Service (SMS)
> --Deliver both or individually
> --Deliver text messages to any SMS device
> --Cell phone, PDA, Blackberry
> 2) Deliver email to multiple devices
> --Computer, cell phone, PDA, Blackberry
> 3) SMS messaging works when phone lines are down or
> capacity is exceeded
> --Messages still delivered in crisis or storm situations when
> traditional phone lines are down or overloaded
> --Messages delivered via cellular modems bypassing traditional phone lines
> bAlert has multiple uses.  Some examples include:
> 1) Notify parents of children who have:
> --an unexcused absence
> --an unexpected illness
> 2) Important communications
> --Report cards
> --Required forms that need to be completed and returned
> --Parent teacher conference reminders
> 3) Weather related communications
> --School closings
> 4) Crisis related communications
> --Notify emergency personnel
> --Communicate emergency procedures in crisis situations
> 10 Reasons to try bAlert:
> 1) Easy to use web interface
> 2) Quick implementation
> 3) Message tracking and reporting
> 4) Reliable and secure
> 5) Web based data upload
> 6) Low annual subscription rate
> 7) Delivery to any device
> 8) No hardware required
> 9) Works when traditional phone lines are down
> 10) Call center support included in maintenance fees
> Try bAlert free for two weeks at no cost!
> --Unlimited messages
> --Unlimited emails
> --Enjoy the entire functionality at no cost
> To get you trial user name and password send the following information
> to info@xxxxxxxxx <mailto:info@xxxxxxxxx> :
> --Name
> --Contact Email
> --Phone
> An OS4ED representative will contact you within 24 hours to get the
> information necessary to set up your trial account

Casey Adams