WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty University is embarking on an $800,000 project to upgrade the campus wireless technology, contracting with a Pittsburgh-based company to perform work which is expected to be completed by the beginning of the fall 2017 semester.
“There is probably nothing more important than safe, reliable computer access. We are aware of that and are now embarking on a complete update to our wireless coverage,” said Chief Technology Officer James Clark, who leads the on-campus Information Technology Services.
“We are creating a fast data highway on campus and we’re pleased to be working with Dagostino Electronic Services of Pittsburgh, one of the best in the region, to make this upgrade,” Clark continued. “The work that will take place over summer will increase connectivity from current 1GB to 10GB speed- for students, staff and visitors.”
Communications technology expert Bob Oglinsky of Wheeling has been hired as the WLU project manager. Oglinsky formerly worked at WLU for seven years, retiring in spring 2016.
The funding for the project, which was approved by the Board of Governors at its Oct. 5, 2016 meeting, is coming from residual 2012 bond funds. The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission also approved the project.
The equipment to be installed across campus is from Alcatel-Lucent, and will include additional state-of-the art data access points in all public buildings, including the College Union, the Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex and the West Family Stadium. Fortinet network security will be used to provide end-to-end, wired and wireless security.
“Increasing the wireless capability of campus will create a more robust network for all,” said Oglinsky. “West Liberty University will benefit tremendously from the ease and speed of this new technology.”
Students will have easier to access online academic work from all locations on campus. There also will be ease in connecting at sporting venues, commencement and alumni functions.
“Any technological infrastructure update is appreciated by the student body. We need this and this is a good thing … students have been asking for this for a long time and we are grateful that our requests and needs are now being honored,” said Reid Boden, Student Government Association president.
DES is responsible for many colleges and universities internet network infrastructure in the region including, Davis & Elkins College, Duquesne University, Point Park University, Clarion University, Morgan State University, NASA — West Virginia University and Slippery Rock University.
DES’ also claims the Pittsburgh Steelers as among its clients.
“At DES, we practice the Internet security first approach, so we use only highly secure systems that offer solutions to our clients,” said Jeffrey Trabbold, DES project manager for the WLU work.