The Janet educational and research network has signed a deal with messaging firm PageOne to supply SMS text services to network users.
Janet said, “The familiar text format of SMS offers a capability for rapid communications in a huge range of educational scenarios.”
The new SMS service is expected to go live this summer. Participating Janet organisations will administer and regulate their own usage of the texting facilities, and receive specific billing and auditing reports.
By buying such texting services through Janet, users will benefit from bulk buying economies of scale.
The proposed service will support customisation and branding options, with tools and messages clearly being associated with the organisations deploying them.
SMS functionality will be integrated into existing MIS and VLE systems used within the Janet community, allowing these resources to be fully used in an integrated communications strategy.
Messages will be prepared from templates using mail merge functions, and scheduled for delivery at appropriate times.
Potential recipients may be grouped into relevant groups for bulk delivery of messages, such as “all staff” or “second-year law students”, for instance.
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