While School Was Out, Technology Was on the Move

Students gather around a table outside to talk.

Published September 2013

By Tom Furlani, furlani@buffalo.edu

Summer was a particularly busy time for Computing and Information Technology (CIT). While most students were away, it was the perfect time to perform upgrades and introduce technology to make the lives of UB students and employees easier. In this issue, we’ll reveal several new IT initiatives that I hope you find helpful.

In the past, connecting to the UB Secure Wi-Fi network could be a daunting task depending on your mobile device, with the CIT Help Desk experiencing a substantial increase in calls and emails from mobile device owners.  However, thanks to the recent launch of the UB Secure WiFiSetup wizard, connecting to the UB Secure network just became much easier.

Wi-Fi coverage across UB’s campus is a hot topic and, with new devices constantly emerging, it’s difficult to keep up with increasing bandwidth demands. Simultaneous Wi-Fi sessions at UB have recently peaked over 18,000. As a result, CIT is constantly upgrading our technology and increasing on-campus wireless access points, with nearly 3,000 currently in use. You can find an overview of our Wi-Fi buildout plan in this newsletter.

Gamers will be pleased to learn about the new UB Gaming Wi-Fi network. This dedicated network is available for gaming consoles and media devices without Web browsers. Although we’re happy to provide Wi-Fi access to UB’s gamers, as a parent, I would be remiss not to remind our students that schoolwork comes first!

Virtual conferencing technology has made it easier than ever to connect remotely with colleagues.  Using the Microsoft Lync software, UB students, staff and faculty can now launch a video conference at any time at no charge. The Lync client comes bundled with Microsoft Office 2013, available for download, or you can download it separately (beneficial if you’re using a Mac).

In addition to these initiatives, CIT has also been working to deploy an electronic document management system, implement an improved mail client interface, provide MATLAB training and upgrade classroom technology.

I hope you find our newsletter interesting and informative. As always, we look forward to comments and suggestions for future topics, as well as feedback on IT services and initiatives. Don’t forget to enjoy our past newsletters.