Montana State University
MSU STRATEGIC INVESTMENT PROPOSAL FOR INSTITUTIONAL PRIORITIES
PROPOSAL OVERVIEW
TitleWireless Network Build-out Request Date2012-11-29
DepartmentITC Emailaedelman@montana.edu
RequestorAdam Edelman Phone994-5091
INSTITUTIONAL BENEFIT
Campuses Bozeman Billings Havre Great Falls FSTS Extension MAES
Cross Depts All departments.
TIMEFRAME
Proposed Dates Start: February 13, 2013 End:  
PROPOSAL SUMMARY
The IT Center is currently funding the upgrade and expansion of MSUís wireless network with an estimated completion in 2018. We are requesting funds to accelerate this build-out with a focus on buildings with a high academic use. This proposal will expedite the build-out which has already realized great success in the SUB and Renne Library.
STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT
Objective D.2: Enhance infrastructure in support of research, discovery and creative activities.
Objective S.2: Physical Resources. Enhance aesthetic appeal and functional quality of MSU physical resources to support high quality learning, research and work environments.
Reliable access for students, faculty, and staff to critical resources available on the MSU network and beyond is essential to meeting these strategic objectives. Wireless connectivity is becoming the primary means for network access and is an expected commodity service by our students, faculty, and staff.
COST AND REQUIREMENTS
Funding Type: One-Time Only Funding Base (3-yr Recurring) Funding
  FY13 FY14 FY15 Base ($) OTO Startup ($)   FTE;
Salaries              
Benefits              
Materials & Supplies              
Travel              
Contracted Services       15000       
Capital       225000       
Other Operations       10000       
TOTAL 250000     
Please comment, if necessary, regarding cost and requirements.
PROPOSAL SCOPE
Describe the Proposal

A significant upgrade and expansion of the MSU wireless network is underway with the Student Union Building and Renne Library leading the way. Upgrades of Gaines Hall, Montana Hall, and the new off-campus Human Resources building are near completion as well. This build-out includes achieving complete Wi-Fi coverage and improved performance with a focus on ease of use for all end-users.

There are currently 36 buildings in the MSU Bozeman inventory and the ITC can fund about 5-6 buildings per year resulting in a 6 year completion schedule. We are proposing to accelerate this build-out with a priority on buildings with high academic use initially and the ultimate goal of ubiquitous coverage across campus and the peripheral buildings dependent upon additional funding. Requested funding would allow for purchase and installation of access points and necessary wiring to achieve full coverage in roughly 1/3 of the high-priority academic buildings listed below in the 1st year, another 1/3 in each of the 2nd and 3rd years:

High priority buildings include:

 

Chemistry& Biochemistry

Plant Bioscience

Plant Growth Center

Linfield Hall

Herrick Hall

Wilson Hall

Hamilton Hall

Leon Johnson Hall

Tietz & Lewis Hall

Taylor Hall

Haynes Hall

Cheever Hall

Howard Hall

Sherrick Hall

Traphagen Hall

Visual Communications

Black Box

AJM Johnson Hall

CFT 2

CFT 5 – WTI

Molecular Biosciences

Marsh Lab

Reid Hall                               

EPS                         

Cobleigh                Hall       

Roberts  Hall        

 

 

Future buildings include:

 

 

Huffman

Safety and Risk Management

Foundation and Alumni Center

Plew Building

Marga Hosaeus Fitness Center

Brick Breeden Fieldhouse

Swingle Health Center

Culbertson

Romney Gym

 

Museum Of The Rockies

 

IT Governance will prioritize the build-out order. ITC will provide regular status reports on progress.

 
Describe the broader impacts and benefits of this proposal

The majority of students arrive on the MSU campus expecting wireless connectivity for multiple devices – a level of service we cannot currently provide in a consistent manner across campus. The recent Campus Computing Survey indicated a 40% increase in the deployment of mobile applications over the last two years on participating university campuses – the use of which is dependent upon reliable wireless connectivity. Specialty mobile student lab computers rely heavily on the wireless infrastructure and will realize significant improvements in usability with this build-out.   

 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Implementation Plan

Initial design work for all buildings listed is currently underway. Installation will be performed by MSU personnel in conjunction with Access Consulting. Additional funds will allow continuous deployment of wireless in conjunction with classroom/lab and holiday schedules.

 
Assessment Plan

Consistent, reliable connectivity will be achieved in each building as determined by Help Desk support reporting and the level of usage logged in the central wireless controllers.

 
If assessed objectives are not met in the timeframe outlined what is the plan to sunset this proposal?

If reliable, consistent wireless coverage is not achieved alternate solutions will be pursued.

 
SIGNATURES
Executive/VP: Dewitt Latimer (dewitt@montana.edu)