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  • Northside West

Local lad helps launch innovative school app

Friday, 2nd February, 2018 6:00pm
Local lad helps launch innovative school app

Komeer CEO, Pat Walsh, pictured with Darragh Barber, (8) from Tyrrelstown.

Local lad helps launch innovative school app

Komeer CEO, Pat Walsh, pictured with Darragh Barber, (8) from Tyrrelstown.

A YOUNG boy from Tyrrelstown in Dublin 15 was star of the day at the launch of a new app aimed at saving schools an average of €5,000 per year.

Darragh Barber (8) was on his best behaviour as he had some fun with CEO at Komeer, Pat Walsh, the man behind the new Dublin based start-up that’s saving the Department of Education over €1 million every year with its innovative app.

The Komeer app is a new mobile messaging service and already it has been used to send over one million alert messages this year on behalf of schools in Dublin, Cork, Mayo, Louth, Wexford and Laois. 

This month the app reached a pivotal point in its business plan, by announcing a new, free model that offers maximum savings to schools and the Department of Education.

A Komeer study revealed that over 74 per cent of parents say schools are still choosing to communicate with them via a schoolbag note, to announce upcoming events and meetings, discuss security issues, and even cases of head lice and chicken pox.

“Not only is this an expensive method of communication but it doesn’t allow the school to communicate in real-time, particularly in severe cases such as Storm Ophelia, which resulted in the closure of hundreds of schools last year,” Walsh said.

“Schools are spending from €300 to €5,000 annually communicating to parents.

“Komeer guarantee savings of up to 85 per cent on such expenses, by providing an unlimited number of messages, eliminating associated SMS costs, reducing printing costs for the more traditional school bag notes and allowing the school to easily communicate to parents in real time.”

Not only is the app saving schools (and the department) millions of euros, unlike other group texting services, it is an innovative, interactive service which is two way,

keeping schools and parents informed, engaged and connected as to their child’s progress.

“Schools can create an unlimited number of groups; one for sports, one for each year, or class, and so on,” continued Walsh.

“And because parents are able to respond or confirm attendance with a tap of their finger, schools have more visibility over who has received and viewed the communication in each group.”

Walsh believes the value of the service is unprecedented in Ireland, and he expects to see the number of participating schools to increase on a rapid scale. 

Komeer is free for schools and parents.

Once downloaded, alert messaging is unlimited and it allows the schools to send multiple messaging with no SMS costs to an unlimited number of users.

Unlike SMS texting, Komeer alerts are not limited to 160 characters, giving the user more freedom to communicate their message more thoroughly.

Parents can download Komeer for free, on iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows mobiles, and sign up by using their email address, or via their Facebook or Google accounts. 

Users read the message and are required to tap their device to confirm receipt.

Komeer automatically adds events to the parents’ smartphone calendars, while map and location information is another key feature. 

Responses are then summarized for the school or organization on an easy to read dashboard, meaning the principal or administrator can see at a glance, how many parents have received and responded to their communication.

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