Learn how UB Information Technology is making sure that our students, faculty and staff have everything they need for success with these recent project highlights.
Working with the campus community, UB built a better Wi-Fi network across all three campuses. This three-year effort brought improved Wi-Fi coverage to many areas, including heavily trafficked buildings and outdoor areas.
Learn more about UB Wi-Fi Boost >
Concurrent with the UB Wi-Fi BOOST, the Wired Network Switch Replacement project is aimed at fortifying and updating UB's communications infrastructure for the next generation of scholars, doctors and scientists.
As of May 2018, UBIT is starting a two-year project to replace most campus phones, which are nearing end of their support from Cisco. Replacement options include Jabber, which is available on your computer or mobile device.
With a bewildering number of storage options available on the Web, UBIT stepped in to provision an enterprise sync-and-share solution for the entire campus. UBbox greatly improves on the feature set of the UB File Service.
In 2015 UBIT created a new "IT Customer Service" division to deliver quality, end-to-end care to students, faculty and staff. We also added a second full-service location Help Center location in Abbott Hall, and made many updates to the way we handle IT problems and requests.
Thanks to the distributed antenna system, Verizon customers are already enjoying better service in the Ellicott Complex, Governors, Student Union, Knox Hall, Norton Hall, Capen Hall, Talbert Hall and many other areas, with Jacobs, Alfiero, and Lockwood coming by the Fall 2016 semester. UBIT article >
This evolving project of the Information Security Office analyzes authentication (login) sources from around the university in order to recognize unusual patterns of access. When such a pattern is detected (for example, logging into a UB service from abroad while also logging into UB Wi-Fi), UBIT alerts the customer through the UBIT Help Center.
In order to give faculty and students better technology to improve teaching and learning, UBIT is systematically refreshing the technology in all 150 centrally scheduled classrooms. The upgrade provides HDMI connectors for newer laptops, touch-enabled monitors and digital document cameras to replace overhead transparency projectors.
Working with the City of Buffalo, the NFTA, National Grid, and the BNMC, UB has built an extensive and flexible grid of communications conduits and manholes throughout the Downtown Campus. These pathways have allowed the installation of inter-building fiber optic cables with massive data capacities, and will provide the flexibility to connect to many additional buildings, either UB-owned or those of UB’s partnering organizations.
The summer upgrade will offer easier "iprint anywhere" setup for printing to public computing sites from a laptop or home, and the ability to print from mobile devices.
Record, edit and publish academic video and audio content from your computer or mobile device. Faculty and staff can request classroom recordings from two digital recording types using Panopto: audio plus content or camera plus content.
Using Jabber, faculty and staff can place, receive and manage telephone calls using an Internet-connected computer and a headset, or open a text window to chat with colleagues who are also using Jabber. You can also start or join a Webex session from Jabber.
Cisco Webex is a Web conferencing tool available to UB faculty, staff and students that enables fully interactive video and audio connections with people locally and around the world.