Higher Education: The Connected Campus
August 31, 2021 Free Virtual Event
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About Higher Education: The Connected Campus
Today’s college students are incredibly tech savvy, quickly moving from one task to the next and expecting instantaneous responses. As a result of COVID-19, faculty and administrators have had to play catch up to have the technologies and policies in place to ensure everyone is connected. This event will look at the Connected Campus from a big picture perspective, to the options for connectivity, and cloud strategies with security best practices.
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TUESDAY, AUGUST 31
KEYNOTE: WELCOME TO THE CONNECTED CAMPUS
Higher education institutions need a Smart Campus strategy that supports new technologies such as mobile applications, next-generation platforms, the latest in developments in Wi-Fi connectivity and even artificial intelligence to ensure seamless engagement and accessibility for all. This session will take a big picture look at what the Connected Campus looks like—from registration—to campus life—to graduation.
SPONSOR KEYNOTE WITH NOKIA
Higher education IT departments are seeking to rapidly digitize their operations to better serve students, faculty, and researchers. To succeed, they must upgrade their wireless communications infrastructure to provide better applications and tools for their staff and students. Until now the approach was to build new or upgrade existing Wi-Fi networks. However, Wi-Fi technology is beginning to show limitations in terms of mobility, latency, throughput, and total cost of ownership in a smart campus environment. This session will address how private wireless networks will be needed to power a new generation of mission-critical campus services and operational capabilities to meet evolving student and staff needs while lowering network costs.
SESSION 1: NEXT GENERATION NETWORK STRATEGIES FOR HIGHER EDUCATION
College students not only need complete access to each other, faculty members and courseware resources, they need it fast. But what connectivity investments should higher education institutions make and where should they make them? Ensuring access in a large stadium or auditorium requires different capabilities than in a smaller classroom or dorm setting. While some universities may have access to 5G service, most are working with 4G. Should Wi-Fi 6 be a consideration and how does a distributed antenna system (DAS) fit? This session will cover the bandwidth and other connectivity support needs of higher education institutions and the process of moving up on the spectrum.
SESSION 2: PRIVATE WIRELESS NETWORKS: THE PROS AND CONS FOR BOOSTING BANDWIDTH
Having reliable and secure Wi-Fi capabilities is a given for all colleges and universities. However, when it comes to wireless network strategies, higher education institutions have a few network options to evaluate. They can choose to use Private Wireless Networks with LTE or 5G technology, or they could boost up their Wi-Fi networks and bandwidth via 6 GHz spectrum and Wi-Fi 6. While private networks do create a more secure environment, does it limit accessibility and speed? This session will investigate the various pros, cons, and use cases for each option?
SESSION 3: THE CONNECTED CAMPUS IN THE CLOUD
As colleges and universities invest more in their IT infrastructure, embracing more wireless apps and more reliable bandwidth services, they are embracing cloud computing services for more efficient storage and access. However, what kind of cloud environment is best for any particular institution—private, public or a hybrid? Also, with more cloud adoption sometimes brings with it more data security risks. Universities are a hot target for security breaches because of all the data they store and the level of accessibility they need to provide. This session will discuss higher ed’s migration of applications to the cloud and best practices in data security.
OPEN DISCUSSION: ZOOM ROUNDTABLE
Video optional! Additional discussion time for more questions, success sharing, and meeting the speakers.