Officials at New York University sees a continuous growth in the availability of wireless Internet connectivity within the campus. A yearly survey by the Campus Computing Project indicates that coverage has grown over the years, with over half of college classrooms now having access to the university’s wireless network as compared to only two-fifths last year and a third in 2004. NYURoam’s coverage now includes 54 of the university’s 73 buildings or about 1.5 million square feet of space but excludes residence halls, though certain dining halls and student lounges also have access to the network.
NYU chief information technology officer Marilyn McMillan said yearly expansion plans are based on suggestions from the university’s constituency — student senators, the housing department, the student affairs department and the university’s individual schools and departments — and on the principle of “trying to get the greatest impact for an affordable investment.” McMillan could not say the annual cost for maintaining NYURoam as ITS integrates that into the department’s full budget.
The university has introduced new network-access standards to quell concerns of data theft when connecting to NYURoam. The network uses the Lightweight Extension Authentication Protocol, which can authenticate a user by creating a different unique signature everytime he or she logs in.