IT services provider, Jasco Consulting, has implemented a messaging initiative for parents and students at St Paul's Grammar School in NSW.
Jasco messageLinx provides the school with the ability to read daily electronic roll data and then automatically places a call, SMS or email to parents of students who are absent.
It also provides prompts for parents to be connected to a school administrator if they would like to get more information. Jasco messageLinx uses the Microsoft Lync platform.
In order to help provide costs savings, the solution involved a GSM gateway that provides free calls between mobiles, so that diversions and calls to staff mobiles are free.
The consultancy outfit implemented Microsoft Lync 2010 as the platform to replace the school’s old PBX and also improve business process. It also leverages the school’s investment in Exchange 2010 and Microsoft Office.
The implementation of the messaging system covers 70 staff at the school and the next phase involves collecting parent contact information.
Jasco director of marketing and alliances, Harold Melnick, said the school was keen to improve its communication between staff and parents.
“To our knowledge, this is the first time in Australia that any school has deployed a solution that connects parents with the school, in real time, during the course of the school day,” he said. “It takes advantage of the mobile communications available. We’ve done a few Microsoft Lync deployments across A/NZ and we been expanding in that space.”
Melnick said it also spent a lot of time with the school to make sure their network was operational and backed up.
“We’ve also been working with their IT staff and training them, so they don’t have to rely on Jasco exclusively to keep their day-to-day operation running,” he said.