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February Letter from the CTO

Welcome back to the Spring semester. As we are only in early February, “Spring” semester seems to be a misnomer, but I am sure that warmer weather is not far away.

Winter break allowed CTS to accomplish quite a few items to prepare for the start of school. Here are a few highlights:

  • Park Hall was completed and opened for classes on January 27. Ten new Advanced Technology Classrooms and wireless access throughout the building were added, along with some technically advanced meeting and conference rooms.
  • Hewitt Union was updated with new technology in three classrooms and also had extensive wireless network access added. Faculty from C&I moved into the building in preparation for construction in Wilber tower. In total, 36 wireless access points were added to the classroom and office areas on the first and second floor.
  • Wireless upgrades were made to Johnson and Funnelle in known dead areas. Additionally, two wireless access points were added to Lake Effects Cafe in Penfield Library to handle the large amount of technology use in this area.
  • Winter breakout was a success with record attendance. Many of the participants participated virtually, with the campus’s Panopto lecture capture application, helping people who could not be on campus still reap the benefits of the presentations.

One other highlight was the announcement of the TIP grant awards at the December CTAB meeting. Four awards were made from ten applicants – the full story is available on the CTAB Tip Grant page. One of the awards was for all campus members – faculty, staff and students – to have access to Lynda.com. The grant application was the first ever to come from a faculty member from all four colleges and Penfield Library. Lynda.com will replace the campuses former app, Skillport. Lynda.com has tremendous potential for advancing the technical skills of everyone on campus. Over 500 people on campus had logged in to the system by early February. More information on Oswego State’s implimentation of Lynda.com is available at http://www.oswego.edu/lynda.

Lynda.com will be highlighted at the CTAB meeting on Thursday, February 13 in the Campus Center Room 114 at 8:00 am. Attendance is open to all campus members, so please feel free to join us.

Stay warm….

Sean Moriarty
Chief Technology Officer,  Campus Technology Services

Now Playing – iOS 7

Yesterday Apple released the new iOS7 operating system for iPhone and iPad. If you’re already upgraded, you may have noticed that you had to “Accept” a new certificate after connecting to “Oswego-Secure”. This is intended and necessary in order for your iDevice to work on the network. CTS has tested and approved iOS7 for the campus network, and it is considered supported software. Please reach out to the TSC if you have issues connecting to WiFi on the system. For full instructions, see our new documentation here.  Cheers.

Construction sign that says CTS Work Zone

Wireless Expanding to Residential Rooms in 8 Halls

By the start of the Fall 2012 semester, students living in Seneca, Oneida, Sheldon, Scales, Waterbury, Lonis, Mackin, and Moreland Halls will be able to use the campus wireless network from their individual residence rooms as well as lounge/common gathering areas.

CTS has been doing a tremendous amount of preparatory work to complete wireless availability to all campus residence halls.   Work started in 2011 for Seneca, Oneida and Sheldon as rooms in these buildings will be receiving new data and cable TV wiring.   New data closets and electrical circuits will be installed to accommodate this as well as proper heating, cooling and ventilation.  This Spring semester, work started in the other buildings where cable pathways are being installed to accommodate the new access points.

Across all 8 buildings, approximately 650 access points and 115 new network switches will be installed.   All network closets in the buildings will also be receiving new battery backup.  All access points will be able to monitored and administered remotely by CTS Networking staff with the addition of 5 new controllers.

Funnelle Hall will be worked on over the summer, however wireless service may not be available for use until sometime during the Fall 2012 semester.

Onondaga will be the final building to receive wireless service.  Preparatory work will be done over the 2012-2013 academic year with installation of access points to occur in the summer 2013.  It is expected that students will be able to use the service by the start of the Fall 2013 semester.

 

Construction sign that says CTS Work Zone

Hardware and Infrastructure Upgrades

CTS continued the expansion of the digital, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phones into Tyler and Mahar Halls this summer.   These new digital phones use the same VoIP technology installed in several buildings last summer.  Since the phones are digital, they use the campus data network to send and receive phone calls.  All users keep their existing campus phone number, but receive a new handset. More information is available in the VoIP Upgrade Frequently Asked Questions.

Infrastructure changes were completed in Cayuga Hall this summer  to support new wired and wireless connections.  A project to upgrade old networking cable began after the spring semester ended. New wired data jacks in all residence hall rooms now eliminates the need for network hubs previously required for residents to connect to the Internet.  A wireless network will be available in Cayuga residence hall rooms and common areas such as lounges by early in the fall semester.

Seven classrooms in Mahar Hall were upgraded to Advanced Technology Classrooms (ATCs) over the summer – rooms 104, 107, 114, 118, 119, 309 and 314.  All these classrooms are equipped with a computer, document camera, Blu-ray player, sound and control systems, as well as  Internet access, providing faculty with access to the latest in digital presentation technology.

Five new Advanced Technology Classrooms were also created in Wilber Hall to replace classrooms lost with the closing of Park Hall. The Communications and Methods labs from Park were combined into a single  dual projector digital lab in Wilber B5.  In addition to the standard outfitting of these smart classrooms, B4, B5 and B7 also have interactive whiteboards installed.

The Cable TV infrastructure was also upgraded this summer.  Parts of the campus cable television system and the wiring dates back to the late 1980′s and were in need of replacement.  As the first phase of a three phase project to upgrade the campus CATV in all the residence halls, a new central cable TV distribution center was installed in Lanigan Hall.  The new Lanigan equipment will directly send analog and digital signals to new fiber nodes installed in each residence hall. This new equipment and design should provide a stronger and clearer picture to each residence hall room.  Additionally, new monitoring equipment will help detect signal degradation before it becomes noticeable to viewers.

Cayuga Hall was the first residence hall to have the old cable television wiring and equipment replaced this summer. Old cabling and amplification equipment in other residence halls will be replaced over the next few summers.  For now, just sit back and relax with your favorite cable television shows.