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Carousel to Provide ORU with Campus-Wide Wi-Fi

August 31, 2015

Oral Roberts University (ORU) in Oklahoma has moved one step more toward what is being called a “complete digital society.” Unified communications provider Carousel Industries recently announced that it will partner with the university to install wireless connectivity across all its campuses to deliver essential digital services to current and prospective students.

The installation will begin in the campus chapel, which serves as a meeting place for religious services in addition to lectures. It can seat 3,000 people. The official announcement said students will be able to carry out classroom activities and tithing while online. Other major areas of campus will receive Wi-Fi next, and students will see wireless access in their dorms when they return from the 2015 Christmas break.

Michael Mathews, the chief information officer for ORU, commented on the university's decision to work with Carousel and the overall goal of this project.

“The primary driver of this initiative is that if we can make education fluid, and if we have fluid technology, we can have successful student outcomes,” Mathews said. “We chose to work with Carousel because of its vast experience in multiple technology disciplines and project management expertise. My job is much easier when I can rely on a single, trusted advisor to oversee implementation of the entire wireless infrastructure.”

He further noted the benefits that current and prospective students will receive. While students in major campus areas and dorms will have access to campus-wide Wi-Fi, which can be productive regarding their studies and social activities, other interested parties may also take advantage of the Wi-Fi in a unique way. By leveraging telepresence robots, Mathews said, remote and prospective students can, for example, take tours of the campus, attend classes virtually, and engage in interviews with campus staff.

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Overall, the installation will comprise more than 9,000 Wi-Fi access points so there is no gap in coverage regardless of the campus area. OSU has already had a taste of this technology by using its telepresence robots to present a degree onstage and conduct classes for remote students. This campus-wide upgrade should serve to extend those capabilities and make sure all students get the full educational experience they desire.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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