|MSU STRATEGIC INVESTMENT PROPOSAL FOR INSTITUTIONAL PRIORITIES|
|Title||Wireless Network Build-out||Request Date||2012-11-29|
|Cross Depts||All departments.|
|Proposed Dates||Start: February 13, 2013||End:|
|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.|
|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;|
|Materials & Supplies|
|Please comment, if necessary, regarding cost and requirements.|
|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:
Plant Growth Center
Leon Johnson Hall
Tietz & Lewis Hall
AJM Johnson Hall
CFT 5 – WTI
Future buildings include:
Safety and Risk Management
Foundation and Alumni Center
Marga Hosaeus Fitness Center
Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
Swingle Health Center
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.
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.
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.
|Executive/VP:||Dewitt Latimer (firstname.lastname@example.org)|