On the back of bomb hoaxes to schools across Queensland the media ran a number of articles about the State Government’s refusal to fund texting services for parents in emergencies.
A spokesman for the Queensland Department of Education and Training stated “The choice to subscribe to and fund an SMS service is a decision for individual schools,” he said. “In the department’s south east region, 44 schools have an SMS text solution that can be used for student attendance and/or crisis information to parents. “The department does not cover the cost of an SMS system.”
If you work with a local school or education department it might just be worth speaking to them about an sms gateway solution.
Any school can use an online sms system – but it brings with it problems of security and also the long term issue associated with cost control. Whilst upfront costs can look smaller than an alternative solution, a better and secure long term option would be to use a sendQuick SMS gateway.
We see SMS as vital to the education industry. Where emails aren’t always read or opened in a timely manner, SMS can increase efficiency and reduce costs, along with fostering greater interaction between students, parents and teachers.
SMS can be used for general broadcasting OR urgent/important information like bomb scares.
But there are greater benefits to a secure SMS Gateway system that is controlled and managed by a school that can plan for usage and not have to think about their budgets after the initial outlay. It could add so much more to the efficiency of education providers as SMS has a myriad of potential uses within schools:
The SendQuick Enterprise is the option we would recommend for schools and the combination of products would look like:
sendQuick Enterprise is a box solution that sits on the school server behind the firewall and security protocols so should fall under existing security arrangements. It is quick and easy to deploy and has been utilised in a wide variety of applications worldwide including educational institutions.
sendQuick presents a good ROI for most organisations. Obviously the more services that you use your SMS for, the faster the return on investment will be.
If your school can replace their admin/postal notices with sms, put a cost on their improved communication, and IT benefits, plus utilise it for marketing purposes, it is highly likely they will be ahead within the first year.
Our team at Powertec will provide support for your install by phone if required. If you need more support, speak to your Sales Manager.
As an enterprise class system, sendQuick supports multiple types of configurations, from single server to RAID and High Availability (HA) infrastructure to ensure continuous SMS service availability to users. sendQuick has the following features for educational operations as listed below:
Unlike normal applications, sendQuick is delivered as an appliance server hence delivering its innate benefits to the IT and application team. sendQuick has a low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), is maintenance free and helps to reduce support costs. Furthermore, all sendQuick systems comes with one (1) year standard warranty. As an appliance, it is easy and quick to deploy for the standard modules. sendQuick has been deployed in more than 1000 customers worldwide in more than 15 countries across industries in a wide variety of applications including educational institutions.
To find out more information on the individual products check them out here: