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IT enhancements precede an unconventional semester

Start of semester

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.

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Meet Your Colleagues: Copper Team

Meet Your Colleagues

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.

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Funding will allow the U's Wi-Fi capacity to triple

Wi-Fi expansion

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 roughly triple the number of access points at the university.

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MobileU app connects students to campus life and resources

A screenshot of version 2 of the MobileU app, launching sometime this fall.

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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U of U rolling out 2FA for UMail, O365 for campus employees

The Duo Security app requires that users verify their identity to log in.

Starting September 15, 2020, the University of Utah will roll out the second phase of its security upgrades, which will require all campus faculty, staff, and affiliates to use two-factor authentication (2FA) for UMail and all Microsoft Office 365 applications, including Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams.

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Student software catalog, computer labs, IT guides

Student software catalog

A portal to help students purchase and manage software from the university's Office of Software Licensing (OSL) is now available via Campus Information Services (CIS). Plus, we have a list of all the computer labs open on campus this semester.

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IT governance roundup

Governance

The Enterprise Web Advisory Council (EWAC) met on August 13. The next Teaching and Learning Portfolio (TLP) meeting is August 31. The Strategic Information Technology Committee (SITC) will meet again September 8. EWAC will reconvene September 10. The IT Architecture and New Technology Committee (ANTC) will meet again on September 28.

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Meet Your Colleagues: Fiber Team

Meet Your Colleagues: Fiber Team

The Fiber Team in UIT Communications Infrastructure manages more than 38 million feet of fiber-optic cables that wind around the University of Utah. That's approximately 7,200 miles, roughly the distance from Salt Lake City to Hong Kong.

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Last Updated: 4/22/20