Fairleigh Dickinson University Partners with Rave Wireless and Sprint
Teaneck, NJ (July 31 2007) – This fall there is a new mobile tool available to Fairleigh Dickinson University’s more than 11,000 students. Fairleigh Dickinson has partnered with Rave Wireless (www.ravewireless.com) and Sprint (NYSE:S) to offer students FDU Mobile. Through Rave Wireless, an innovator in the use of mobile phone based software and services in higher education, Fairleigh Dickinson will provide University students with mobile phones on the Sprint network pre-loaded with Rave’s safety, academic and community applications. In addition, Sprint is increasing its network coverage by providing on-site solutions on each of Fairleigh Dickinson’s two New Jersey campuses. This service upgrade, coupled with the existing Nationwide Sprint PCS Network, gives students continuous access to their campus community anywhere in the country.
Students with a FDU Mobile device will have access to the following features.
• Rave applications for mobile learning, including integration with campus email and distance learning portals, will allow students to receive messages and alerts from classmates and instructors. For Fairleigh Dickinson University, an innovator in distance learning initiatives, this mobile integration is a logical next step.
• Access to student services such as campus news, event and social information, club and organization group text messaging, access to local transportation schedules, weather alerts and real time campus closings. The Rave application suite brings to the university mobile devices with the speed students demand and the personal touch they deserve.
• Rave Guardian™, is an innovative GPS-based application that puts a virtual public safety officer at every student’s side when they feel a need. Security on Campus, a non-profit organization dedicated to safe campuses, chose Rave Guardian for the 2006 Cleary Award in recognition of excellence in campus security.
FDU Mobile is designed to replace the existing landline phones in the residence halls that have seen decreased use as students rely more and more on mobile devices. As part of the launch, all full-time resident students will be provided a base phone and calling plan at no additional cost for the 2007-2008 academic year. The program also offers phones and calling plans at a deep discount to all students, including non-resident students who choose to participate.
FDU Mobile will impact students’ day-to-day activities and behaviors. With access to timely, actionable information throughout their busy day, students can adjust their plans in real time. For example, if soccer practice is cancelled and a professor changes a course assignment, a student can opt to stay at the library and study the new assignment rather than making a wasted trip to the soccer field.
“Rave Wireless is all about helping higher education institutions build stronger and safer communities where students can get the most out of their college experience,” said Rodger Desai, CEO of Rave Wireless. “Rave provides a whole spectrum of options for universities that range from basic emergency text alerting to turnkey mobile phone programs such as the new program at Fairleigh Dickinson University.”
Fairleigh Dickinson is proud to offer this innovative program to its students. Working with their partners, Rave Wireless and Sprint, the University is committed to continued use of technology to enhance campus life and academic pursuits at Fairleigh Dickinson. For more information visit http://fdumobile.fdu.edu .
About Fairleigh Dickinson
Fairleigh Dickinson University, the largest private university in New Jersey, has two uniquely different campuses — The College at Florham in Madison, NJ, and The Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck, NJ, — offering doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees.
The university has international campuses in Wroxton, England, and Vancouver, British Columbia. It also has affiliations and partnerships with numerous institutions throughout the world.
Dedicated to the preparation of global citizens through global education, the University features more than 100 degree programs. It became the first traditional university to require that all undergraduate students take one distance-learning course per year.
About Rave Wireless
Rave Wireless (http://www.ravewireless.com/) is the pioneer of mobile phone programs for colleges and universities. Rave solutions range from Rave Alert for simple and reliable broadcast text alerting, to Rave Campus for a complete mobile phone program. Delivering critical campus alerts, and providing access to innovative academic tools and time-sensitive community information, Rave allows college administrators to provide a personalized, real-time university experience on students' mobile devices. A trusted partner of top mobile carriers and leading enterprise software companies, Rave Wireless is headquartered in New York, NY. Investors include Bain Capital Ventures, Sigma Partners, and RRE Ventures.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two robust wireless networks serving 53.1 million customers at the end of 2006; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and an award-winning and global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit http://www.sprint.com.