IT Open Forum on Campus-Wide IT Project Initiatives

Students looking at digital sign

One of the agenda items in our next IT Open Forum will be a discussion of our Digital Signs project.

About the Event

Our IT Open Forum is a series of communication sessions that include topics that inform the campus about San José State IT activities and give users an opportunity to provide input on them.
​​Our next IT Open Forum will be held:

2–3 p.m.
Thursday, February 26
Sweeny Hall 435

Open to Campus Community

These events are open to the campus. All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend. You can also join us online via WebEx!


For additional information, such as an agenda, our 2015 schedule and recordings of past presentations, visit IT Open Forum.

SJSU Phone Options

Unified Communication Devices

Cisco Unified Communication devices include the 9971 Video Phone, 6921 Phone, 7937G Conference Station, and Jabber.

There are multiple options available for voice and video calls using the SJSU Unified Communication system.

While the use of a physical phone is a popular option, there is increasing interest in using Jabber, a “soft-phone” — software that runs on Windows or Mac computers and has mobile apps available in the App Store for Apple devices and in Google Play for Android devices.

For many who don’t spend much time in an office on campus, using Jabber provides the location flexibility of making and answering calls anywhere without the need to have a phone handset. A full review of the feature comparisons of the options is available at Cisco Unified Communication Devices.

If you are interested in changing your communication device, adding Jabber to your workstation, or learning more about using the features of Unified Communications, please contact the IT Help Desk.

IT Help Desk


Digital Signs

Digital Sign ExampleThe SJSU Digital Sign Service, launched a few months ago, is deploying its pilot customers.

The Digital Sign Service allows the user to dynamically display and update a range of content types on the target screens remotely, including web pages, slide shows and video. The display feature also supports composites of the different content types allowing the creation of visually interesting and appealing displays.

Display devices are usually large format digital screens (signs) in prominent locations. Content generation technology includes the popular OU Campus software as well as the ubiquitous HTML. More information about this project can be seen at Digital Signage.

The project is now underway and IT Services invites you to participate. If you are interested in learning more about this project, or displaying information for your area, please contact Mike Wardley, the Director of User Experience and IT Projects.

Wireless Network Expansion Tech Briefing—April 2014

Note: This article was originally published on our website in April 2014 and is being added to this blog for historical purposes.

For an update on the campus wireless upgrade, see SJSU Mobility in Action [pdf].

Note: Documents in PDF format require the free Adobe Reader for viewing.

Wireless Network Expansion Tech Briefing—March 2014

Note: This article was originally published on our website in March 2014 and is being added to this blog for historical purposes.

With the completion of all the upgrades in January we are now focusing on the following activities:

  1. We are performing various activities around the optimization of the wireless network:
    • We are tuning the wireless access points to try an encourage clients to the 5Ghz band instead of the 2.4Ghz
    • We are replacing select wireless access points with internal omnidirectional antennas to wireless access points with external directional in some situations
    • Adjusting radio power as needed
  2. We are working with the Cisco Prime management software and performing data collection and analysis on the wireless network
  3. We are starting to test the outdoor Wi-Fi, the outdoor Wi-Fi radios can be seen on the roof of the Computing Center Building
  4. We started posting some statistics on the wireless network at:

Network Dashboard