Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, CO, said that 90 percent of its 25,000 student population has enrolled in its emergency text notification system. The campus implemented the system from Rave Wireless school-wide in September 2007. The program enables CSU to send text messages to subscribers in the event of an emergency.
Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA said it has begun a transition to voice over IP to accommodate new construction. The university, which has 2,000 students on a 600-acre campus, made the decision when it was faced with a project to move telephone poles and lay new cables to provide telecommunications for new buildings.
Security technology firm SafetyCare debuted a new emergency response system targeted toward education: SchoolTrak. The new system is designed to provide turnkey campus safety features for classrooms and other campus facilities through wireless technologies.
This week in San Francisco, Sun Microsystems is bringing together thought leaders in education from more than 30 countries for its annual Worldwide Education and Research Conference, this year themed, "The Power of Communities." Conference organizers are maximizing the reach of the conference through live broadcasts and blogs...
Pasadena City College in Los Angeles County has signed a contract with Verizon Business to implement a voice over IP (VoIP) communications and wireless Internet access under a two-year, $6.7 million agreement.
The University of Arizona (UA) has completed two major phases of its wireless LAN deployments for voice and data, according to the company managing the project. Today, UA's wireless network--dubbed UAWiFi--spans more than 7 million square feet, 4,500 wireless access points, and 22 buildings. Upon completion, the initiative, which is being managed by systems integrator NEC Unified Solutions and using Cisco equipment, will comprise more than 6,000 access points and 12 million square feet on two campuses.
Rave Wireless this week introduced an upgraded version of Rave Guardian, a personal safety system designed for college and university students. The forthcoming update, due this spring, expands cell phone and carrier options at participating universities.
Bucks County Community College in Newtown, PA has upgraded its data network and installed Extreme Networks switches to support video collaboration applications. Additionally, all servers were upgraded to Gigabit speeds. Extreme BlackDiamond 8800 switches support the core of the network, and Summit X450 switches outfit the edge. These switches feature Power over Ethernet (PoE), as well as routing capabilities. PoE enables network devices to run off a single CAT5 Ethernet cable that carries both data and power.
Miami Dade College (MDC) is enhancing its emergency communication on campus by joining the Miami-Dade County network implementation of WENS, the wireless emergency notification system run by Inspiron Logistics.
WiFi has become a primary (if imperfect) networking
option for many academic institutions. But get ready:
Recent advances are positioning WiFi to become your
academic communications hub.