Next Gen Technology Project Deployment Update

Note: This article was originally published in a August 2013 newsletter and is being added to this blog for historical purposes.

As previously communicated, the deployment of Next Gen Technology to campus users is underway in many campus areas this Summer.

Cisco Wireless Access Points

After behind-the-scenes installation of new network equipment in campus buildings, the project team is deploying Cisco Wireless Access Points to meet the rising demand generated by the increase in user wireless devices including smart phones, tablet computers, and laptops.

Cisco Unified Communications VoIP

The deployment of Cisco Unified Communications VoIP voice and video phones has been completed for users in the Music Building, with the Faculty Office Building, Hugh Gillis Hall and Student Union expansion planned next. Visit Unified Communication System for a full schedule of building sequencing through the end of calendar year 2013, along with more details on deployment coordination.

Next Generation Learning Spaces

Based on feedback from faculty and academic support staff, changes to the Next Generation Learning Spaces are being implemented to enhance the audio/visual controls systems. These changes will simplify the usage of the equipment in the spaces and automate the lecture capture capabilities into the SJSU VideoShare system. Workshops are planned for delivery by Academic Technology in August to train instructors assigned to classes in these spaces for the Fall 2013 semester.

Summer of Communications Connectivity

Note: This article was originally published in a June 2013 newsletter and is being added to this blog for historical purposes.

Tag Cloud on Communications Connectivity

After months of design and behind the scenes preparation, IT Services will be deploying end-user technology this Summer to enhance communications and collaboration across campus. The deployment, as part of the Next Gen Technology Project, will include Unified Communications VoIP voice and video phones and enhanced wireless network access.

Enhancements to network equipment to support the new technology is necessary. The deployment strategy is to focus on each campus building and deliver the technology to the occupants. We will work with building coordinators to assist with notifications and access to install the new equipment in the building network rooms and wireless access point locations.

Coordination with department contacts is important to the success of this effort. We will review telephone extensions and confirm planned usage and features to be deployed. Following that will be training and installation planning. The actual phone deployment will occur outside of normal business hours to minimize disruption to department operations.

The sequencing of the buildings to receive the enhanced communication technology was based on a number of factors regarding complexity of the network upgrades, department workload peaks, construction schedules and call center requirements. The initial buildings to be completed this Summer included:

  • Music Building
  • Moss Landing Marine Labs
  • HR/UPD Building
  • Faculty Office Building
  • Central Classroom Building
  • Hugh Gillis Hall
  • Washington Square
  • Student Union Expansion
  • Mod F
  • 210 N 4th Street

A full schedule of building sequencing through the end of calendar year 2013, along with more details on the deployment coordination, is available at Unified Communication System.

IT Services is excited to reach this key milestone of delivering enhanced communication technology to campus users this Summer.

ITS Presents SJSU’s IT Open Forum Series–Updated!

IT Open Forums

Information Technology Services has several Open Forum sessions scheduled over the next year to present campus wide IT project initiatives. These sessions include topics that inform the campus about SJSU IT activities and give users an opportunity to provide input on them. The schedule is listed below and in the SJSU Event Calendar.

ITS Open Forums
Date Time Location
Thurs, Jan 17 2 pm ENG 285/287
Thurs, Mar 21 2 pm ENG 285/287
Thurs, May 16 2 pm ENG 285/287
Thurs, Aug 1 2 pm ENG 285/287
Thurs, Sept 19 cancelled cancelled
Thurs, Nov 21 2 pm ENG 285/287

WebEx Collaboration

Implemented on August 31. Web conferencing including video, audio and computer interactions are available for all faculty and staff to host via the WebEx system.

Unified Communication System

A campus-wide Voice Over IP (VOIP) phone system implementation will begin in November.

Wireless Network Expansion

Increased coverage and density of our campus wireless network within campus buildings and Spartan Stadium is currently in progress.

Student Email

Student email is switching to Google Apps Edu on November 13.

Campus Next Generation Network

End-to-end centralized management of all networking resources.

Next Generation Learning Spaces

Enhancing campus classrooms with state-of-the-art audio, visual and lecture capture technology. The first classroom (Clark Hall 118) is completed. More classrooms are planned for Spring 2013.

Enhanced Computing Resources

State-of-the-art integrated server, storage and network technology will enable high performing virtual servers.

Digital Signage

Centralized content management software will integrate the content (text, image and video programming) flowing to digital LCD monitors across campus.