Students and employees at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown are now able to surf the Internet and check e-mail from their favorite campus location without the need for wires and cables. The campus has launched its new wireless internet service known as Wireless PittNet.
The result of a16-month initiative launched by the University of Pittsburgh Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD), Wireless PittNet provides secure and easy-to-use wireless access throughout the University’s five-campus system. The Johnstown campus project, a cooperative effort between UPJ Information Technology and CSSD, involves 9 non-residential buildings: Blackington Hall, Biddle Hall, Engineering and Science Building, Krebs Hall, Owen Library, Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Sports Center, Student Union, and Whalley Chapel. Students will also be able to access the wireless service from a number of outdoor areas adjacent to the academic buildings. The service will be available at no charge to all UPJ students, faculty, and staff.
In announcing the availability of wireless Internet access, UPJ Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Kelly M. Austin explained, “For an increasingly mobile student that is technologically savvy, adding wireless service enables our students to stay connected across our campus. Wireless capabilities in communal spaces allows for our students to come together in public settings and spend time together, no longer tied to the residence hall. Additionally, our commuter student population will benefit greatly as they will now be able to connect much more easily.”
Wireless PittNet has been designed to be robust, expandable, and adaptable. It uses state-of-the-art technology, and is built on the strength of the University’s wired network, PittNet. Wireless PittNet is supported as a full production service from the University community, meaning it will boast the same tremendous reliability and dependability as our wired network. Additional information on the new system is available on the UPJ web site at: www.upj.pitt.edu/wireless.
The completion of the Wireless PittNet project is part of an ongoing campus effort to ensure that students and community members have access to cutting-edge technologies and first-class facilities. Through the newly established Facilities, Infrastructure, and Technology (FIT) Task Force, the campus is currently assessing other areas for growth and improvement in those areas.
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