The University of Alabama at Birmingham Selects Apogee to Boost Network Speeds and Wi-Fi for Five Residential Halls

AUSTIN, TX, Birmingham, ALAugust 12, 2014 – Apogee, higher education’s largest residential network (ResNet) provider, announced today that the company has been selected by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) to provide residential networks for its five residential halls. Apogee will plan, install and roll out high-speed wired and Wi-Fi connectivity for UAB’s student residents living at its on-campus residential buildings.
UAB’s advanced network infrastructure incorporates the latest technologies to provide residents with internet connectivity that starts at a trailblazing 250 Mbps per resident, about 25 times faster than the average 10 Mbps broadband connection speed in American households today.
“Advanced networks are essential in the education environment,” said Carolyn Farley, director of Academic and Student Services. “We feel a real responsibility to give our students cutting edge technology so they can thrive in a community of scholars.”
UAB joins a fast growing roster of universities and colleges who have come to rely on Apogee to provide high-speed wired and Wi-Fi connectivity, and around-the-clock support for their technologically-savvy and bandwidth-hungry students. Apogee’s deep and specialized ResNet expertise in higher Ed equips the company with the unique ability to meet UAB’s high standards for technological leadership, and for a seamless installation plan and rollout.
In addition to higher levels of speed, performance and scalability, UAB’s new residential network also provides the following:

  • High-speed wireless and wired services.
  • Comprehensive and complimentary Wi-Fi connectivity covering all student rooms and community spaces, including study rooms, laundry rooms and lobby areas.
  • Tiered bandwidth connectivity options for heavier users to purchase additional bandwidth.
  • Dedicated full-time Apogee coordinator to provide on-site student support. The coordinator station will be prominently located at the Blazer Hall lobby.
  • 24/7/365 troubleshooting and support by phone, email, chat and text.
  • Ability to connect to print stations conveniently located in community spaces, such as residence hall lobbies.

“As higher education’s ResNet leader, Apogee is proud to provide UAB students with unprecedented access to a variety of network amenities,” said Chuck Brady, chief executive officer of Apogee. “We have found a shared vision and commitment in the UAB team, and are very much looking forward to a successful partnership as we work together to empower students to learn through technology.”

Apogee’s UAB student network went live in late July, several weeks ahead of August 25, the first day of UAB’s fall semester. To kick start student access to the new network, UAB Housing and Residence Life will provide new and current residents instructions via email, welcome packages and flyers.

About Apogee

Apogee is the largest, most innovative provider of on-campus residential networks (ResNet) in higher education. Partnering with Apogee for ResNet services allows colleges and universities to enhance their network infrastructure while offloading the growing volume of administrative responsibilities associated with managing a student network. This partnership allows IT to focus on the mission-critical tasks of the university, such as growing the enterprise network and facilitating the development and use of e-learning tools and content. For more information about Apogee and its services, visit www.apogee.us.

About University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

Known for its innovative and interdisciplinary approach to education at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, the University of Alabama at Birmingham is an internationally renowned research university and academic medical center and the state of Alabama’s largest employer, with some 23,000 employees and an economic impact exceeding $5 billion annually on the state. The five pillars of UAB’s mission include education, research, patient care, community service and economic development. UAB: Knowledge that will change your world. Learn more at www.uab.edu.

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ResNet Leader Apogee to Share Best Practices at State University of New York 2014 Technology Conference

Talk titled “ResNet..Redefined!” will shed light on how Higher Ed leaders can provide sustainable and cost-effective wireless networks

Austin, Texas, May 29, 2014 – In response to a tidal wave of device-related wireless connectivity challenges facing higher education today, Apogee will be sharing best practices to optimize the student ResNet to achieve technological and budgetary success at the annual State University of New York (SUNY) 2014 Technology Conference.

This year’s conference, themed “B.Y.O….Device,” will feature a session titled “Resnet…Redefined!”.
Lucas Seelig, Apogee’s director of business development northeast, will address proven methodologies for meeting increasing student demand for high-performing wireless networks to access educational content, entertainment and social media. Seelig will also share with attendees success stories of how select SUNY schools have provided sustainable and cost-effective delivery of their residential networks.

Below are details of the session:
Speaker: Lucas Seelig, Director of Business Development Northeast for Apogee
Topic: “Resnet…Redefined!”
When: Tuesday, June 17, 2014, from 3.30 P.M. to 4.15 P.M.
Where: Whiteface room at the Conference Center at Lake Placid

“At Apogee, we are firm believers that students equipped with the right tools have the best shot at success in this digital age,” said Charles Brady, Apogee’s CEO. “ResNet, as a key amenity, is one essential tool that schools can take full advantage of to better leverage BYOD and other technological trends.”

Apogee is a Gold sponsor at this year’s conference. SUNY representatives are encouraged to stop by the Apogee Booth #418, where Apogee representatives are available for in-depth consultations or answer network-related questions. To schedule a complimentary one-on-one consultation, please call 512-478-8858 or email sales@apogee.us.

“The Apogee team is on hand to support the SUNY community in any way we can – our longstanding relationships with our partner schools within the SUNY system are living proof that colleges, communities and businesses can come together to build a better future, ” said Brady.

About the 2014 SUNY Technology Conference
The annual SUNY Technology Conference is the foremost forum at which SUNY’s technology communities join together to grow as professionals, to learn about advances in the marketplace, and to discuss approaches for addressing common issues. This year’s conference will explore the theme of “BYO…Device”, reflecting the “explosion of the bring-your-own-personal-computing-environment culture and all the devices, services, and technologies—as well as the assumptions and expectations—that come with it. The event will be held at the Conference Center at Lake Placid from June 17, 2004, to June 19, 2014; and feature a keynote address by Stephen diFilipo. For more information, visit www.stc.suny.edu.

About Apogee
Apogee is the largest, most innovative provider of on-campus residential networks (ResNet) in higher education. Partnering with Apogee for ResNet services allows colleges and universities to enhance their network infrastructure while offloading the growing volume of administrative responsibilities associated with managing a student network. This partnership allows IT to focus on the mission-critical tasks of the university, such as growing the enterprise network and facilitating the development and use of e-learning tools and content. For more information about Apogee and its services, visit www.apogee.us. Or if you’re attending the 2014 SUNY Technology Conference, come visit us at Booth #418.

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Connected Devices Triple at College Campuses Nationwide

Robust wireless infrastructures becoming critical as student Wi-Fi demands skyrocket

Austin, Texas, March 11, 2014 – Apogee, the nation’s largest, most innovative provider of on-campus residential networks (ResNet) in higher education, reports that the total number of Wi-Fi connected devices on campuses nationwide is skyrocketing—more than tripling since the last academic year.

These findings are based on a comparison of network demand data on Apogee’s client campuses from the 2012 and 2013 academic years.  This dramatic increase also continues to trend upwards through the current spring 2014 semester.

The increasing popularity in connected devices signals the importance for colleges and universities to provide scalable and reliable wireless network support. In addition to the greater number of devices, there is a larger variety of devices that students bring to campus, from smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles to streaming boxes.

Apogee’s data also reveals:

  • Students love their smartphones: iPhones lead the popularity race, followed by Android phones: iPhones and Android phones already comprise more than 50% of the total connected devices at campuses. By the numbers, the iPhone is the number one connected device. Furthermore, the number of iPhones connected to Wi-Fi at Apogee client campuses increased by 445% while Android phones grew 272%.
  • Study and play! Students are bringing more entertainment devices to campus:  Students are increasingly bringing a mix of office and home entertainment devices with them. Two connected devices that saw the largest increase are Nintendo 3DS systems and smart TVs, which increased over 1,000% over one school calendar year.
  • Tablets are skyrocketing too: Tablet computers such as the iPad, Kindle and Android tablets are quickly filling up campuses. The iPad saw the largest increase of 275 percent in the year, while Android tablets saw an increase of 159 percent.

“With the threefold growth we’re seeing, continually meeting wireless demands can be a huge strain for colleges and universities,” said Chuck Brady, Apogee CEO. “Educational institutions that anticipate, and plan ahead while leveraging partners and resources are in a good position to meet growing challenges in performance, security and budget.”

Apogee believes that an efficient and effective ResNet lays the foundation for students’ and administrators’ success. The schools who have partnered with Apogee to enhance their network infrastructure have experienced significant cost savings, increased student satisfaction, as well as freed up their staff time to focus on more academically focused tasks such as enhancing classroom and e-learning teaching and learning experiences.

About Apogee
Apogee is the largest, most innovative provider of on-campus residential networks (ResNet) in higher education. Partnering with Apogee for ResNet services allows colleges and universities to enhance their network infrastructure while offloading the growing volume of administrative responsibilities associated with managing a student network. This partnership allows IT to focus on the mission-critical tasks of the university, such as growing the enterprise network and facilitating the development and use of e-learning tools and content. For more information about Apogee and its services, visit www.apogee.us

 
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Digital Devices Explosion Strains College Campuses – ResNet Leader Apogee Shares Top Tips

Austin, TX – November 20, 2013 – An explosion of digital devices is straining internet bandwidth and challenging the capabilities of campus networks, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. In its October 14 article headlined “Explosion of Wireless Devices Strains Campus Networks,” the Chronicle reported on the rapid rise of student-owned digital devices and the phenomenon known as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).

The article explored how BYOD may be contributing to schools’ growing vulnerability to rising infrastructure costs and security concerns, in addition to a host of other potential problems. It quoted several school CIOs, including Bruce Maas, the chief information officer at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Maas recalled how one student with 18 devices used a wireless router which not only conflicted with the school’s wireless system, but also with individual routers owned by other students.

“Across the country, device proliferation has further complicated the management, upgrading and maintenance of campus and residential networks,” said Chuck Brady, Apogee’s CEO. “As the largest residential networking provider for higher education, Apogee understands the unprecedented connectivity challenges that confront higher education administrators. We are proud that our many university partners have found success in partnering with Apogee, and today provide superior wall-to-wall wireless coverage and fast, reliable network access for their technologically savvy students, faculty and staff.”

Below are Apogee’s four top tips for administrators tasked with managing the residential network:

 1.       Have a residential network plan in place: According to many CIOs, up to 80 percent of their network staff time is spent on BYOD and ResNet issues. This is due in part to the unprecedented growth in wireless demands that have left many schools unprepared to scale up internet bandwidth and frustrating many students and faculty members. The key to getting ahead of demand is to develop a strategic ResNet plan that anticipates connectivity needs while successfully budgeting for and incorporating regular infrastructure refresh cycles.

 2.       Consider outsourcing the network: Working with the right strategic provider can provide predictable budgets and roadmaps, free up time and manpower to focus on high-value activities and keep the institution competitive and relevant.

 3.       Provide superior wireless access for every residential room: Many residential halls only provide wireless access in common areas, and not in every residential room. This issue has been the source of student complaints, as virtually every incoming student now has high-speed wireless connectivity at home and demands the same or better level of connectivity from their schools.

 4.       Bridge the Business, IT and Housing divide: From administrative functions to academic issues to residence living, pent-up demand for and challenges in wireless connectivity now impact all areas of university life. The schools that have successfully anticipated and are today meeting the wireless devices explosion demands are successful largely because their business, IT and housing officers have developed a collaborative culture built on transparency, patience and understanding.

To read the Chronicle of Higher Education article referenced in this press release, click here: http://chronicle.com/article/Digital-Devices-Invade-Campus/137217/ . For a complimentary consultation on how your school can successfully manage this wireless devices explosion, call Apogee at 512-478-8858.

About Apogee
Apogee is the largest, most innovative provider of on-campus residential networks (ResNet) in higher education. Partnering with Apogee for ResNet services allows colleges and universities to enhance their network infrastructure while offloading the growing volume of administrative responsibilities associated with managing a student network. This partnership allows IT to focus on the mission-critical tasks of the university, such as growing the enterprise network and facilitating the development and use of e-learning tools and content. For more information about Apogee and its services, visit www.apogee.us

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Five Universities Join Growing List of Apogee Customers Embracing Outsourced Residential Networking (ResNet)

Fortifies Apogee’s Market Leader Position in Higher Education ResNet

Austin, TX – November 5, 2013 – Apogee, the nation’s largest provider of managed residential network (ResNet) services to higher education, today announced that it has been selected to manage the growing residential network (ResNet) demands of Midwestern State University, Huntington University, Navarro College, Slippery Rock University, and the University of Nebraska Omaha. Apogee has partnered with these institutions to provide some or all of the following services – wired and wireless internet connectivity, cable television, and Voice over IP (VoiP) – to their on-campus residence halls.

These five universities have brought on board ResNet provider Apogee at a time when student connectivity demand has risen dramatically. Every year, students bring more and more bandwidth- devouring mobile devices to school. According to OnlineColleges.net, 41 percent of college students have three or more devices connected to the internet at any given time. Devices such as tablets, computers, laptops, smartphones, wireless printers, iPods, gaming systems, e-readers and smart TVs are now the new normal back-to-school tools.

“Across the country, universities are grappling with rising student expectations for fast, wireless and unlimited internet connectivity while juggling limited IT budgets,” said Dr. Michael Mills, Director of Housing and Dining Services, Midwestern State University. “We are very pleased to have found a trusted and proven ResNet partner in Apogee. Within three months, MWSU was able to promptly set up our wireless network to meet current student demands. We are now fully set up to smoothly scale our network as our students’ needs evolve.”

Apogee will provide ResNet services to the following universities:

  • Midwestern State University: This Wichita Falls, Texas-based public liberal arts college enrolls approximately 5,900 students each quarter and provides student housing at three residences halls – Killingsworth Hall, McCullough-Trigg and Pierce Hall. With Apogee, Midwestern State now provides both wireless and wired internet services and 24/7 technical support.
  • Huntington University: Located on 170 acres in Huntington, Indiana, this private four-year liberal arts university enrolls more than 1,200 students annually and has five residence halls. Apogee gives Huntington University the ability to provide students with both wireless and wired internet services, in-room Voice over IP services and 24/7 technical support.
  • Navarro College: This Texas-based two-year community college consists of a main campus located in Corsicana, with branches in Mexia, Midlothian and Waxahacie, and enrolls more than 10,000 students college-wide. With Apogee, Navarro College now provides both wireless and wired internet services, in-room Voice over IP services, and 24/7 technical support to students living in apartment-style residence halls on the Corsicana, TX campus.
  • Slippery Rock University: With more than 8,000 students, this four-year liberal arts college is located on 660 acres in the rural town of Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. With Apogee, Slippery Rock is now providing wireless and wired internet services, in-room Voice over IP series, cable television and 24/7 technical support to students living on campus in the University’s suite-style residence halls.
  • The University of Nebraska: This Omaha, Nebraska-based four-year college enrolls nearly 15,000 students and offers campus housing in 17 residential halls and two apartment-style housing facilities. With Apogee, the University of Nebraska now provides all of its residences both wired and wireless internet services and 24/7 technical support.

“We applaud our university partners who understand that wireless networking on college campuses is a vital investment in student success,” said Chuck Brady, CEO of Apogee. “Higher education institutions that plan and prepare for the growing demands of campus network needs and speeds will see continued increases in enrollment, student satisfaction and educational excellence.”

About Apogee
Apogee is the largest, most innovative provider of on-campus residential networks (ResNet) in higher education. Partnering with Apogee for ResNet services allows colleges and universities to enhance their network infrastructure while offloading the growing volume of administrative responsibilities associated with managing a student network. This partnership allows IT to focus on the mission-critical tasks of the university, such as growing the enterprise network and facilitating the development and use of e-learning tools and content. For more information about Apogee and its services, visit www.apogee.us.

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