Peoplesoft Targets Homeland Security

Rolls out two modules that help track, report on status of higher-education foreign students.

Peoplesoft Inc. has introduced software modules aimed at helping higher- education and public-sector organizations protect homeland security.

The PeopleSoft PASS SEVIS (Patriot Act Student and Exchange Visitor Information System Solution) software, introduced at the companys Connect user conference in New Orleans last week, will enable U.S. colleges and universities to comply with a federal mandate to track and report information regarding the status of foreign students.

PeopleSofts Guardian Solution, also announced at the conference, is a suite of applications that enables government agencies and emergency responders to prepare for and react to emergency situations in real time.

SEVIS is the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services effort to find and track the approximately 200,000 foreign students unaccounted for in the United States. Beginning in January, higher-education institutions must track numerous foreign student criteria. Any changes to that status must be regularly reported to the INS.

PASS, due next quarter, will help colleges and universities monitor and submit the information to the INS in real time, said PeopleSoft officials.

Hilary Baker, senior director for PeopleSoft implementations across all 23 California State University campuses, said she expects to be among the first to implement PASS. Since the INS requirements are so new and the PASS software hasnt been fully developed, Baker isnt sure which functionality will be prevalent.

"We are aware that [PeopleSoft is] providing the service batch interface functionality thats required by the INS, and integration to third-party vendors," said Baker, in Long Beach, Calif. "Were not sure yet that well need any [third-party vendors]. This is all so new, so we havent decided yet."

Guardian Solution includes software for recruitment, skills assessment and deployment of organizations that respond first in emergencies. The Guardian Command Center and First Responder consoles will provide a 360-degree view of personnel information and skills, officials said.

At the same time, the Command Center Console will manage the information and communications at emergency command centers. Specifically, it displays emergency alerts, finds and tracks resources, distributes communications, issues alerts when an employee is due for training, and measures performance with embedded analytics. It has an enterprise directory to manage these tasks.

PASS and Guardian Solution are part of an overall homeland security initiative under way at PeopleSoft, in Pleasanton, Calif.

The Guardian Command Center and First Responder consoles will be available in the first quarter of next year.