UI Wireless transitions to eduroam network
In summer of 2012, ITS began shifting UI Wireless to eduroam (short for education roaming), an international wireless network available at participating educational and research institutions in 54 countries. Once devices are configured for the eduroam wireless network here, users can connect automatically to eduroam at other participating institutions by logging in with their UI credentials.
Originating in Europe, eduroam has gained momentum in the education and research communities. It offers a secure connection based on the top encryption and authentication standards in existence today. Having instant access to thousands of eduroam hotspots around the world eliminates hassles for users, and can save students and institutions money by eliminating data roaming charges.
Convenience for UI travelers and visitors
Since eduroam was launched at the UI, students and employees have used it more than 10,000 times at other participating institutions, and people have used it nearly 1,500 times while visiting the UI campus.
ITS is pleased to be able to offer eduroam to the University of Iowa,” says Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer Steve Fleagle. “We believe students and employees will enjoy the convenience of logging in with their UI credentials when they travel to institutions that are part of eduroam. It’s also a nice amenity to offer guests from those schools when they visit our campus.”
List of eduroam institutions grows
Several Committee on Institutional Cooperation schools have deployed eduroam: Indiana, Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue, University of Chicago, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Maryland (which joins the CIC this year). Michigan is testing eduroam, and Michigan State has expressed interest.