School Sports Team Up with Mass Notification

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(NewsUSA) - With the popularity of school sports on the rise each spring, parents who take on the responsibility of shuttling kids to and from basketball, football and other school-related sports can be hard-pressed for patience when finding out that their child's practice or game was postponed or even canceled.

When sports and recreation directors make last-minute schedule changes, such as canceling a game due to inclement weather or having to change practice times, they may have to inform several people at once. But with limited time to spread the word to players, parents, coaches and officials, some people may miss out.

These days, however, this doesn't have to be the case. From elementary schools to colleges, many schools and their sports and recreation organizations across the country are adopting an innovative new communication system called the Immediate Response Information System or IRIS.

Developed by Houston-based TechRadium Inc., IRIS is a high-speed notification and response service that electronically sends routine, priority and emergency messages to unlimited contacts within seconds.

A designated person sends uniform messages with the simple click of a mouse or by calling an IRIS adviser. The system then transmits voice and text alerts to all recipient groups through various forms of electronic devices, including home and cell phones, pagers, fax machines, PDA devices and e-mail accounts.

"Immediate response notification systems are faster, more effective and much more cost-efficient than the many manual systems out there," said John Rodkey of TechRadium. "Informing parents of last-minute changes to their child's sports schedules is just one of the ways that IRIS is helping to keep families notified."

Besides sending messages about unforeseen events, the system also sends information such as statistics and rankings, picture day reminders and playoff schedules. IRIS requires no hardware, software or system installation, making it an affordable communication system. Additionally, IRIS messages can be delivered in up to 10 languages as specified by each recipient.

For more information, visit www.useiris.com or call (866) 370-0120.

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Is that big game canceled due to weather? You'll know instantly, thanks to IRIS.

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