The Lion Traxx shuttle service that operates on campus will soon have Internet connections. Using the same fourth generation (4G) technology that provides service to cellphones and other wireless devices, the Lion Traxx busses will have service along most of its routes.
“Most of the path that the shuttles take around campus will yield a good connection to the 4G WiMax service with speeds approaching that of a lower speed home DSL connection,” said Dr. Mike Asoodeh, chief information officer. “However, 4G WiMax access around the Village and Oaks apartments on North Campus is spotty, and students may experience a connection drop in these locations. Connections to SLUWiMax in static locations on campus, such as Quiznos and Starbucks, should be more connect.”
This 4G technology named WiMax is used by many cellular companies, most notably Sprint. With its introduction to Southeastern, Asoodeh believes that it can spread out further into the community
“We definitely have plans for using these devices in other locations on campus such as the baseball stadium, the west side of Garrett Hall outdoors, and the Columbia Theatre conference room,” said Asoodeh. “Site selection is based on a number of factors including 4G signal, wiring and power logistics, and estimated number of users”
Asoodeh also acknowledged the hard work by Raymond DeJean, systems engineer coordinator, and Russell Barger, systems administrator. For more information, contact the Office of Technology at 985-549-2314 or Shuttle Services at 985-549-2877 (BUSS).