Ivy raises cash, inks deal with paging giant American Messaging

Ivy CEO Mary Jesse

In this new era of mobile communication, one might think that the age-old paging technology might be going the way of the dinosaur. But Ivy Corp. CEO Mary Jesse, the former AT&T Wireless and McCaw Cellular vice president who previously served as chief technology officer at RadioFrame Networks, doesn’t see it that way. Medical and safety professionals continue to rely on paging services.

“Traditional wireless paging has the advantage of being able to deliver a single message simultaneously to millions of devices at once in a few seconds,” says Jesse.  “No cellular, mobile app, email, IM or other pushed message channel can do that because they are point-to-point technologies which have to send each message one device at a time.”

In order to help bring paging technologies into the future, Ivy just landed a deal with American Messaging Services, the second largest wireless paging company in the U.S. The 15-person company also recently reeled in more funding, bringing total capital raised to $1.9 million.

In a statement, American Messaging CEO J. Roy Pottle said that the Ivytalk messaging platform instantly provides the company with “a group messaging platform necessary to meet the changing needs of our customers.”

Added Jesse: “AMS and Ivycorp can jointly address critical and collaborative communication in healthcare, utilities and other industries with a highly differentiated product offering as a result of this partnership.”

Here’s a closer look at how Ivy’s integrated communication system works, helping companies reach employees through a variety of systems:


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  • Noah Rafalko

    I love the application, the vision and the company for being a pioneer