Because technology bridges physical distance, UIT has worked months in advance of the new term to establish measures that promote social distancing, support a hybrid semester of in-person and online courses, enhance security, expand Wi-Fi coverage, and provide the U community with ample bandwidth to telework.
The U's sprawling telecommunications network, which consists of a hybrid system of copper and fiber-optic cable, is critical to keeping the university up and running. While fiber has advantages in terms of speed and bandwidth, copper is less expensive, easier to terminate, and one of the best electrical conductors — more than any other non-precious metal.
Funds from the CARES Act are breathing new life into previously paused Network Services initiatives, including a plan to improve wireless coverage at the University of Utah — inside and out. The $5.9 million project will increase the number of wireless access points at the university by approximately 27 percent — from 8,910 to 12,263.
MobileU debuted in March 2020, becoming the U’s first centralized smartphone app. Developed by UIT’s University Support Services teams, MobileU has three objectives: personalize content, notifications, and communications; unify and streamline the user experience; and create a stronger connection to the campus community.
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