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University Business, Feb 2010

Rave Mobile Safety has unveiled Rave Guardian 4.0, a new version of the GPS-enabled mobile safety tool for students. The tool now can collect a wide range of data for a user's profile to quicken an emergency response (e.g., of medical conditions or for emergency contacts, class schedules, vehicles, etc.). It aids campus police dispatch with processing data by integrating a user's profile and location information into CAD systems. A pre-programmed panic button informs campus police a user is being threatened or having a medical crisis. The tool also prompts new students to complete their profiles and removes users that are no longer associated with the campus community. Voice reminders let users know when the alert timer set on their mobile phone is about to expire. Pricing varies but averages about a few dollars per student. Visit


NEC Display Solutions of America has two new short-throw projectors for facilities such as classrooms and conference rooms. The wide-format NP510WS and standard-aspect NP610S share many features. Automatic vertical keystone correction allows them to be tilted up or down while still producing a square image without needing adjustments. Each model's lens can eliminate screen shadows plus avoid projecting light in the presenter's eyes. An ECO Mode technology enables their lamp life to be extended up to 5,000 hours with lower power consumption and noise level for operating quietly. They have closed captioning, dual computer inputs, a virtual remote, and a RJ45 connection. For a faster setup, they also can be synced with most common computer signals. The portable NP510WS and NP610S are $949 and $999, respectively. Visit


yourApp, an add-on solution developed by and Phunware, can enhance social-networking opportunities with fellow customers through smart phones. The solution can create and launch custom-made applications for sending to mobile community members via their iPhone or iPod touch. Each "app" can be tailored to feature an institution or association's logo, colors, and brand. Once created, the application is then submitted to iTunes and Apple's App Store, where registered members can download it for free. The solution also enables users to search for fellow members, view profiles, post wall messages, and access connection lists. There is a one-time setup fee of $495, then an annual fee of $995. Visit


Reeher Platform for Major Giving provides gift officers with web-based tools to better manage staff performance and prospect assignments to help increase fundraising goals by integrating with current office data. The software can allow advancement leaders to execute more effective strategies for fundraising. It ranks each past and existing donor relationship (with alumni, friends, and parents from a database) based on expected value and conducts analysis on major gift prospects to ultimately predict which ones will be the best. It also can help identify new prospects within user data. Users can monitor employee efficiency and evaluate officer portfolios. The Software as a Service solution is sold as an annual subscription with cost depending on factors such as the number of officers and alumni, as well as dollars raised. Pricing can average $85,000 to $115,000 per year. Visit