Friday, November 04, 2005

Studying Wireless Use at MIT

As of October, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has more than 2,800 access points. Through the iSPOTS project, they can see how much use is made of wireless across the campus. They can tell what types of devices are using the network, and if given permission, can track the location of users. They are finding that wireless users:
  • log on from their dorm rooms late at night or early in the morning
  • log on from their classrooms during the day
  • are not using study labs, but are using cafes and lounges
Since this upgraded network just went live last month, so it is very early to make many assumptions, but the research and statistics they find should help inform other organizations planning for overall wireless -- whether in an academic situation or not. [from LJ Tech Blog]

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