Four touchscreen information stations are available for use in the Wilson Road entrance, the main lobby, the north central entrance and the Dow Wing entrance of the Engineering Building. The software used pulls feeds from the engineering website for the Maps, Events, People, and News sections. QR codes are available on the events sections and faculty/staff profile pages that give the visitor the option of visiting the event’s website on his/her phone and allow for contacting the faculty/staff member. The software can also accommodate engineering visitors in wheelchairs by shifting the center of the screen down so it can be easily reached from any height.
Windows 7 was recently installed in the DECS public computer labs. This operating system enhances the security and stability in these labs and brings new features, such as improved performance and start-up time and a new way to manage the desktop via Aero, into the labs.
DECS is expanding use of its virtualization servers to include more server functions. This allows increased server redundancy, automatic failover capability, and a significantly improved environment for developing test servers that offer new features.
Engineering Research Complex/Jolly Road/Jolly Road Civil Infrastructure Lab-DECS will be installing new switches at the ERC, Jolly Road, and Jolly Road CIL locations. For the ERC this means more redundancy, a new router, provisions for 10 Gigabit, and faster Wi-Fi. Jolly Road and Jolly Road CIL will have a faster uplink connection and a faster Wi-Fi.
Engineering is housing researchers at the Trout Building located near the Engineering Building. DECS installed Engineering switches, firewall, router, and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi on the third floor. The network is in a stable state and accommodating new connections as more researchers move into this location.
The Engineering Building's network was upgraded with new switches that will provide Gigabit (1000 Mbps) to the desktop, faster Wi-Fi in densely used areas, future support for a 10 Gigabit backbone, and more modern support of upcoming necessary protocols, like IPv6. These new switches were installed in the Engineering Building's central comm room and allow for complete redundancy in the server network to avoid problems caused by single component failures. The main Engineering network router is also being replaced which will permit a redundant ring topology. It will provide faster communication links between servers to avoid bottlenecks.