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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Union College Advocates Outsourcing ResNet Upgrade to Meet Demands of Post-PC Era

Austin, TX and New York, NY – August 7, 2013 – Apogee, the nation’s largest provider of managed residential network (ResNet) services to higher education, today announced that Union College, its Schenectady, NY-based college partner, has been featured in the Summer 2013 issue of the ACUTA Journal, the quarterly publication of the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education.

The article, written by Union College’s CIO, Ellen Borkowski, details how her team followed a three-step process for acquiring university funding for a campus-wide overhaul of their ResNet service and the positive outcomes.  Their three steps were:

Step 1 – Do your homework: Before making the case to senior administrators, Borkowski’s team formed a clear picture of the state of the network and analyzed the costs of outsourcing versus going in-house.

Step 2 – Focus on the added value, not just the dollar amount: IT demonstrated how the network ties in with strategic goals. To illustrate the real value of her plan, Borkowski used information from the first step, including important “spending trends over the last five years, peer comparison data, a concise prioritized project list and full disclosure about advantages and disadvantages of each approach.”

Step 3 – Advocate for the network: Be patient and open to answering questions about specific scenarios about the network.

“As Union College expanded its efforts to integrate technology into teaching and learning, the lackluster network in our residence halls became a stumbling block towards progress,” writes Borkowski. “The final decision became apparent when comparing the data. In contrast to what could be achieved in-house, outsourcing to ResNet specialist Apogee provided better coverage and capacity and a stronger return on investment over a five-year period.”

With Apogee as their partner, Union College has been able to:

  • Launch a new wired and wireless ResNet and completely connected 18 residence halls and 30 individual residences within only 14 days.
  • Offer 24/7 technical support and service for their student residents.
  • Allow their IT team to focus on campus-wide strategic plans instead of being overwhelmed by day-to-day service demands.
  • Provide the highest-level of security possible by separating residential network traffic from the rest of the campus.
  • Manage access to confidential data, scan student devices for malware, and offer security awareness classes to teach students how to protect their privacy.

“Apogee is proud to be considered a crucial partner in Union College’s strategic plan to create a thriving ‘learning environment’ for their students,” said Chuck Brady, Apogee’s CEO.  “Implementing a dependable residential network with high-caliber service and budget-conscious pricing is a commitment which Apogee is proud to make to Union College and our other university partners across the country.”

To read Borkowski’s entire article in the ACUTA Journal, go to page 23 of its online version: http://www.acuta.org/wcm/acuta/pdf/jor17-2.pdf

About Union College

Founded in 1795 as the first planned campus in the United States, Union is a highly selective, private college that offers an interdisciplinary approach to the liberal arts by combining the humanities and social sciences with science and engineering. Consistently ranked among the nation’s top colleges, Union attracts undergraduates of high academic promise and strong personal motivation from 40 states and territories, and 40 countries. To learn more about Union College, visit: www.union.edu.

About Apogee

Apogee is the nation’s 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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Schreiner University Shares Best Practices on Harnessing IT Providers as Strategic Partners in University Business Magazine

Austin, TX – June 18, 2013 – Apogee, the nation’s largest provider of managed residential network (ResNet) services to higher education, today announced its university partner Schreiner University has been featured in the online edition of University Business Magazine.

The article, written by Schreiner University President Tim Summerlin and Schreiner’s CIO Candice C. Scott, outlines best practices taken by this Kerrville, Texas-based liberal arts institution to expand its network and increase university effectiveness. These initiatives were part of a long-term technology roadmap implemented after consulting with the non-profit organization, National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE).

One of Schreiner’s initiatives included the selection of Apogee to upgrade its entire residential campus network, unveiling all new hardware and wireless access points, a 24/7/365 Help Desk and Network Operations Center (NOC) support.

According to Summerlin and Scott, “Having to function as both service provider and technology strategist limited our ability in both roles. Our institution would be better served by asking IT to develop and execute an internal strategic vision for the University while leveraging the core competencies of third-party service providers to deploy network infrastructure, administration and support.”

Prior to outsourcing its IT services, the university spent a significant amount of time addressing student concerns and maintaining the wireless hardware for residence halls and campus-wide common areas.

Since partnering with Apogee, Schreiner University has been able to:
• Quintuple bandwidth available to students
• Expand campus-wide wireless coverage to more than 90 percent
• Expand instructional services to virtual labs, allowing students to access production and analytic software programs that might otherwise be too expensive
• Provide network access anywhere, anytime and on any mobile device

“Leveraging value and expertise from our IT vendor relationships has helped Schreiner achieve complex goals more quickly, with results that exceed what our in-house staffers could have achieved on our own,” Summerlin and Scott added.

“Apogee applauds Schreiner’s initiative in leveraging IT providers as strategic partners,” said Chuck Brady, Apogee’s CEO. “We’re proud to contribute to the realization of a long-term technology roadmap by providing strategy and ResNet services that scale to meet the demands of Schreiner’s increasingly mobile and tech-savvy students.”

To read Summerlin and Scott’s full article in University Business Magazine, go to: http://www.universitybusiness.com/article/harnessing-it-service-providers-important-strategic-partners

About Schreiner University
Schreiner University is a private liberal arts institution located in Kerrville, Texas. The University enrolls an estimated 1,100 undergraduate and graduate students. It offers 27 four-year undergraduate programs, an MBA and a master of education. For more information about Schreiner, please visit www.schreiner.edu

About Apogee
Apogee is the nation’s 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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