HP’s $107,000 Contribution Enables Kettering University to Build Campus-Wide Wireless Network

June 12, 2002

“HP is helping us build a mobile computing environment,” said Don Guthrie, Kettering vice president for technology. “Ultimately, faculty and students will have access to administrative systems and academic systems including online course content anywhere on campus without tying them to specific physical locations.”

“Wireless networks are becoming a key element of enterprise network computing. HP is proud to use its extensive experience in mobile computing to help Kettering University provide its students and staff convenient anytime, anywhere access to network resources,” said Sam Mancuso, vice president and general manager, HP Americas Corporate Accounts and Industry Sales. “HP is in a unique position in the industry to cost effectively deliver an end to end landscape of services, applications, management solutions and network hardware for wired and wireless environments.”

HP’s gift includes a wireless deployment design, two wireless kiosks and three wireless access devices. Together they serve as a basis for offering campus information on wireless kiosks and providing network access for wireless personal computers.

The first tangible evidence of Kettering’s new wireless connectivity is two stylish SlimLine Kiosks. Each kiosk accommodates a 15-inch LCD monitor mounted vertically in a tall wireless kiosk to give students a direct line to information, a welcome to visitors and information about events and happenings.

In the future, Guthrie envisions interactive campus maps and an infrared download capability for hand-held devices like HP’s iPAQ Pocket PCs, enabling students to download email.

Kettering University is one of the country’s premier co-op institutions, providing 2,500 undergraduates with career-based education in engineering, applied sciences, mathematics and business. More information is available at http://www.kettering.edu/.

HP is a leading global provider of products, technologies, solutions and services to consumers and businesses. The company’s offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com/.