News Update September 20, 2005

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News for Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2005

* Forecast: Public Higher Ed IT Spending to $10 Billion by 2010
* UC Berkeley Launches Technology Entrepreneurship Center
* University of Arkansas Opens Radio ID Research Center
* Indiana State Mandates Notebooks for All Undergraduates
* Deals: Monmouth G'es With Cellular-Style Broadband Network
* Deals: Tech Community College Reinforces Distributed Network

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Forecast: Public Higher Ed IT Spending at $10 Billion by 2010

Spending on information technology in the state and local
education market shows little growth over the next two years,
but will recover by fiscal year 2008, according to a report
by Input, a business research firm. The firm predicted the
market will ultimately grow 45 percent to reach $10 billion
by fiscal year 2010, spurred in part by a new presidential
administration that will likely have support to curtail
healthcare expenses and allow increased budget allocations
for education.

Due to budgetary constraints, finding funding for information
technology initiatives is currently the primary concern for
public higher education officials, according to Input. "Right
now education IT initiatives play second fiddle to healthcare
and public safety programs," said James Krouse, manager of
state and local market analysis for Input. "Public pressure
during presidential elections will remain fixed on education
initiatives and will likely cause a new administration to
shift the focus back to education programs following
unsuccessful efforts of the Bush administration to reduce
healthcare costs."

Input found that funding for public higher education
institutions is constricted in state appropriations and
continues to see significant budget cuts. Additional
financial concerns within the public higher education
market stem from increased demand for services and
escalating costs. In the near-term, universities will
rely heavily on raising capital through increased tuition
and fees to support programs to manage their networks more
efficiently and increase system security. "Technology
vendors working within the state & local education market
will need to remain patient for the next few years,"
added Krouse.

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UC Berkeley Launches Technology Entrepreneurship Center

The University of California at Berkeley has opened the
Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (CET),
describing it as both an academic program and industry
partnership to "educate the next generation of technical
leaders on entrepreneurship in a changing, global economy."
An offshoot of the school's College of Engineering, CET
would comprise a network of local business executives
supporting Berkeley faculty and staff with start-up
ventures and technology transfers based on their research.

"UC Berkeley will continue to attract the absolute brightest
students, researchers, engineers and scientists to California
from around the world. CET is extending our commercialization-oriented
outreach to businesses to engage with these students and researchers,"
said Richard Newton, dean of Berkeley's College of Engineering.

The CET program emphasizes going beyond traditional engineering
skills to include an understanding of business issues, such as
knowing how to recognize opportunities, assess viability and
work independently in international teams. "In an era of
globalization, the creation of new products, services and
ventures will require us to coordinate resources and harvest
innovations on an increasingly international scale," says
Adjunct Professor Ikhlaq Sidhu, the Center's founding director.

For more information, visit: http://cet.berkeley.edu/


University of Arkansas Opens Wireless ID Research Center

The University of Arkansas and 24 industry firms have debuted
the RFID Research Center. The Center, based in the school's
Sam Walton School of Business, will be a laboratory to conduct
research and testing into the most efficient use of Radio
Frequency Identification systems as well as other wireless and
sensor supply chain technologies. Among the sponsors are Deloitte
Consulting, AC Nielsen, Cisco, Intel, and Microsoft, who together
with other smaller sponsors put up about $2 million to open the
center.

While based in the business school, the Center will leverage
other departments, including engineering and computer science.
It also has no vested interest in the use one type of RFID
technology over another. Companies that use the facility to
test their products will receive unbiased results, university
officials said.

"Passive RFID (a tag that remains inactive until it enters a
read-field) within the supply chain is but one of a plethora
of wireless and sensor technologies," said Bill Hardgrave,
director of the RFID Research Center. "Although RFID has been
In the long run, to reach its full potential, passive RFID must
complement and integrate with a pervasive network of sensors.
Passive RFID has certainly captured the world's attention, but
it is just the tip of the iceberg."


Indiana State to Mandates Notebooks for All Undergraduates

Indiana State University will become the first public university
in the state to require all undergraduate students to have
notebook computers, beginning with incoming freshmen in fall
2007. ISU provost Jack Maynard said the decision rested on the
need to prepare students for a "world increasingly defined by
technology, globalization, and communication" and a desire to
attract high-achieving students.

While it is not possible to project prices into the future,
university officials hope to see laptop computers available
for around $1,000 or less by the time the requirement takes
affect. Maynard said the program makes Indiana State part of
an national agenda to promote "one-to-one" computing in
education, which envisions the creation of learning environments
in which every student is assured continuous and pervasive
access to unprecedented tools and information resources.
Deals: Monmouth G'es With Cellular-Style Broadband Network
Monmouth College in Long Branch, N.J., has selected a
cellular-style equipment package to provide wireless
broadband access to its students. The solution, from 5G
Wireless, Inc., uses a single, 360-degree outdoor base
station mounted on a centralized radio tower, augmented
with a series of indoor units. The deployment delivers
campus-wide coverage, including access throughout campus
dormitories and other student housing.

The provider calls the package a "less is more" solution,
which results in one of the lowest overall TCO (total cost
of ownership) in the wireless network field.


Deals: Wake CC Picks Intrusion Detection Solution

Wake Technical Community College acquired a network intrusion
detection solution to protect a network of about 3,000
desktops on its campus, one of the largest in North Carolina.
The school picked "Attack Mitigator" from Top Layer Inc.,
to shield it from threats ranging from denial-of-service
attacks to rogue servers and worms.

The school spans six campuses, more than 52,000 students,
and 900 faculty and staff. It is funded by a National Science
Foundation grant for a partnership with the North Carolina
Supercomputing Center to establish a Center of Excellence for
High-Performance Computing Technology. This center demands
network availability and high reliability for the college to
conduct video conferences and associated collaborative
activities.

Wake CIO Darryl McGraw called broad network access
"key to the success" of the school, and added that the
Top Layer solution "helped us identify and eliminate a
number of rogue servers that had been set up on the
network and impacted performance, saving us significant
time and consulting fees."

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