CITES: Second alert system test more successful

By Kevin McLoughlin

Initial results for the Illini-Alert mass text message test at 10 a.m. Tuesday are positive.

“We haven’t gotten a full analysis yet. Our initial inclinations are very positive, though. In terms of e-mail, we easily beat what we were shooting for,” said Michael Corn, chief privacy and security officer for CITES.

Corn said that the e-mails were delivered much more quickly than the predicted 6-minute mark, although it may take longer for individual e-mail providers to deliver the e-mails to their clients. As for text messages, the full results won’t be in until Tuesday afternoon, but Corn said that texts were sent to even AT&T; users, who had previously been unable to receive the mass SMS messages.

“We’re guardedly very optimistic, things look very good,” Corn said.

“It was very satisfying to be sitting here in my office a minute after 10 (a.m.) and hear everyone’s phone start beeping,” he said.

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Final results will be available Tuesday afternoon.