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26 July 2007
The University is implementing the largest wireless local area network in Higher Education in the UK to date.
Covering 55 buildings across three square miles the wireless network will include more than 1,300 access points and serve 30,000 students, 5,000 staff as well as visiting guests. The students union has already been converted to enable wireless technology, and the new project extends that provision to the whole of the Cathays campus and outlying peripheral sites.
The provision of the wireless network coincides with the University’s Information Services Strategy for the future, the Modern Working IT Environment, which will help staff and students manage many aspects of their University life online.
Through the Modern Working IT Environment students will be able to access information about their study and social life, including reading lists and timetables to social events and networking groups. Staff benefits will include information sharing using collaborative workspaces and reduced paperwork by using more web-based work processes. The new wireless network will complement many of these practices.
"We want to enhance the wireless networking service as much as possible to improve the user's experience and ensure the service is robust and resilient, with the least amount of effort for ongoing management," said Anthony Cope, Senior Network Engineer, Information Services Directorate.
The wireless network will allow staff and students to go to any public area on campus and use their own equipment to access electronic books, databases, the internet and personal data.
The wireless network will be deployed by the Information Services Directorate in conjunction with RM, a partner of Trapeze Networks who will build and deliver the system. Details on how to connect can be found on the Information Services website at www.cardiff.ac.uk/insrv/wireless or by e-mailing the helpdesk at insrvConnect@cardiff.ac.uk
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