HP's $107,000 contribution enables Kettering to build a campus-wide wireless network

HP's $107,000 contribution enables Kettering to build a campus-wide wireless network

Jun 12, 2002

HP (NYSE: HPQ) is making sure that form meets function at Kettering University with a gift that is helping build a framework for the latest in technology advances on campus.

HP (NYSE: HPQ) is making sure that form meets function at Kettering University with a gift that is helping build a framework for the latest in technology advances on campus. A $107,000 services and technology contribution by HP is allowing Kettering to lay out a campus-wide wireless network and upgrade computing services and information.

"HP is helping us build a mobile computing environment," said Don Guthrie, Kettering vice president for technology and chief information officer. "Ultimately, it can allow faculty and students access to administrative systems and academic systems including online course content anywhere on campus without tying them to specific physical locations."

"Wireless networks are becoming a key element of enterprise network computing. HP is proud to use its extensive experience in mobile computing to help Kettering University provide its students and staff convenient anytime, anywhere access to network resources," said Sam Mancuso, vice president and general manager, HP Americas Corporate Accounts and Industry Sales. "HP is in a unique position in the industry to cost effectively deliver an end to end landscape of services, applications, management solutions and network hardware for wired and wireless environments."

HP's gift includes a wireless deployment design, two wireless kiosks and three wireless access devices. Together they serve as a basis for offering campus information on wireless kiosks and providing network access for wireless personal computers.

"The kiosks are the first prototype usage of the wireless network," Guthrie explained. "We anticipate wireless technology will assist us greatly to put more technology in our classrooms. Wireless is a lot less expensive than pulling hardwires and, overall, it is a better game plan for a university like Kettering."

The first tangible evidence of Kettering's new wireless connectivity is two stylish SlimLine Kiosks that now grace the campus. Each kiosk accommodates a 15-inch LCD monitor mounted vertically in a tall wireless kiosk to give students a direct line to information, a warm welcome to visitors and provide the entire University community with information about events and happenings. Prototypes went into operation in May. One kiosk is located just outside Kettering's Library, in the Academic Building, and the other is in Kettering's Great Court in the Campus Center.

"The kiosks are like an ATM machine only they are an information machine," Guthrie said. "We wanted a system that would welcome our visitors and provide a set of useful functions for students. The prototype features a 'Welcome to Kettering' banner on a touch screen, with three or four key functions such as campus maps, event calendar information, a campus telephone directory and "send-only" email access."

In the future, Guthrie envisions interactive campus maps, where the kiosk can tell visitors where they are and how to get to any location on campus. Guthrie hopes to quickly add to the kiosks an infrared download capability for hand-held devices like HP's iPAQ Pocket PCs, enabling students to download email.

"Overall the game plan is to start small and make sure it's working right, but we have grand plans for the kiosks to be virtually scattered all over the place, a neat, visible and functional statement of technology on campus for visitors and students," Guthrie added.

Kettering University is one of the country's premier co-op institutions, providing 2,500 undergraduates with career-based education in engineering, applied sciences, mathematics and business. Founded in 1919, the University also offers graduate programs in engineering, manufacturing management and operations management and is ranked among the nation's finest specialty schools by U.S. News & World Report. More information is available at www.kettering.edu .

HP is a leading global provider of products, technologies, solutions and services to consumers and businesses. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing. HP merged with Compaq Computer Corp. on May 3, 2002. The merged company had combined revenue of approximately $81.7 billion in fiscal 2001 and operations in more than 160 countries. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com.