Unit Updates, March 2018

Welcome to the UNIT Updates webpage where UNIT will display monthly updates on services and solutions, projects, new UNIT initiatives and relevant UNIT information for the Villanova Community.  Please let us know if you have any comments or ideas for future issues.

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NY Times Square Villanova Ad

For a third-year UNIT’s Multimedia Technologies group, in collaboration with UCM, created an advertisement that ran in Time’s Square during the NCAA Big East Tournament. This ad will run from 3/2 to 3/22 and be displayed 4,200 times. 

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It’s spring. Let’s Take Wireless Outdoors!

During winter 2018, UNIT deployed brand new Aruba APs purposed especially for outdoor Wi-Fi coverage. This effort extends the range of the University’s wireless network, by enhancing outdoor coverage and capacity from Bartley Hall up through the Grotto!

Reliable outdoor wireless coverage is now available in designated campus areas surrounding “the Quad,” Connelly Center, St. Rita’s Hall, Kennedy Hall, Vasey Hall, Austin Hall, Dougherty Hall, and Grotto area.  Future areas for outdoor wireless include the courtyard for new Lancaster Area Housing.

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TSB-Location Services (Beacons)

UNIT has equipped TSB with an innovative location services technology called ‘Beacon Technology’.  Beacon devices have been deployed throughout TSB to provide building navigation services and push/pop up notifications.  Beacon devices transmit relevant, targeted messages and information to nearby mobile devices (smartphone) via Bluetooth. UNIT will continue using beacons throughout the summer in limited production.

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Data Cookbook

The Data Cookbook was proposed through the University Analytics Committee and collaboratively funded by Enrollment Management, Office of the Provost, UNIT, and University Advancement.  The University Analytics strategy requires effective data governance and recognizes data as a valuable University asset.  Data documentation is a necessary investment to realize the potential of University data.  

The Data Cookbook is an essential tool for creating a solid foundation for effective data governance.  It can be used to create consistent and accurate data definitions, rules and policies.  Quality data documentation contributes to data integrity.  This investment in data will require University stakeholders and data producers / consumers to collaboratively agree on the definitions, rules, and policies that define our data and manage requests.

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Media Experts New Website

UNIT assisted in creating a single-page designed website for University Communications and Marketing to house the new Media Experts application.  This new site provides access into experts from across the University who comment on and analyze some of the day’s biggest news stories.  To view, click HERE.  

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IT Security: Tax Time Tips

The IRS defines tax fraud as “when someone uses your stolen Social Security number to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund.  With the recent Equifax cyberattack still fresh in our minds, more than 145 million Americans’ names, addresses, birthdates, Social Security numbers and other sensitive information may be at risk. Cybercriminals are crafty and continuously looking for ways to steal your personal information. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) indicates that phishing schemes continue to lead its “dirty dozen” list of 2017 tax scams. So what is the average American to do? The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) have once again joined forces to help consumers keep safe during tax season with tips for identifying cyber scams, actionable online safety steps and what to do if you fall victim to tax identity theft. For more information on staying safe during tax season, please visit: https://staysafeonline.org/resource/cybersecurity-tips-online-tax-time/

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