Wireless network expands

PULLMAN – Site surveys are under way for a new wireless network across the Pullman campus. The surveys of 90-plus buildings, to be complete in early 2009, are the initial phase of the project, which will expand and improve mobile technology.
This project, with an estimated budget of $1.3 million, will provide wireless service in 100 percent of the major academic, research and administrative buildings, and in the majority of open areas.
WSU Information Technology Services (ITS) staff is working on the surveys with Right! Systems Inc. (RSI), a technology services company based in Lacey, Wash., that was selected through competitive bids.
The project will deploy the most current wireless network technology, offering a wide range of capabilities, increased speed and reliability.
The first buildings scheduled for surveys are Holland/Terrell Library, Todd Hall, Smith Center for Undergraduate Education and Owen Science and Engineering Library. Buildings most used by students will be surveyed first.
Residence hall coverage will be provided through a joint partnership between ITS and Business and Finance.
Survey teams are conducting surveys for optimal placement of wireless antennas. Survey teams will find appropriate times to visit classrooms when they are not in session.

Project objectives
• reliability
• customer satisfaction
• access to course resources
• faculty/student interaction
• augment wired network
• greater security, scalability
• ease of installation
• productivity
For additional project information, please visit ONLINE @ www.wsu.edu/wireless.

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