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AGH Information Technology Center
May 31, 2012   
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The Information Technology Center at the AGH University of Science and Technology in the southern Polish city of Cracow is one of the most modern teaching facilities in Europe.

The center is one of Poland’s first “live labs” where information infrastructure will be used for demonstration and educational purposes. The center, which opened March 28, is the product of cooperation between the university and the Cisco company. “It will enable students to get a practical understanding of state-of-the-art information technology,” says Prof. Krzysztof Zieliński, head of the AGH Information Technology Department.

The center is a research and teaching facility with a usable area of 7,250 sq m. The project, whose total cost exceeded zl.60 million, was carried out using funds available under the Regional Operational Program for Małopolska Province and took less than two years to complete. The main contractor was a consortium of the Mostostal Warszawa and Wrobis companies.

The facility comprises 15 modern labs provided with top-caliber equipment. The heart of the system is a server room and a modern campus network developed according to the latest standards. The auditoriums and lecture halls are equipped with videoconferencing systems, which make it possible to use distance learning techniques and hold seminars with the participation of speakers staying in remote locations.

A modern VoIP telephone system is also installed in the building as is a wireless WiFi network intended for research workers, students and guests.

The center is also equipped with a modern digital media signage system to provide staff members and students with updated information about seminars, lectures, class and timetables. There is also a Show and Share system that makes it possible to record, edit and publish multimedia materials.

The new infrastructure at the Information Technology Department will also help students get practical experience in cloud computing. Most of the center’s workstations are PCoIP (PC-over-IP) terminals working with the cloud-based Cisco Unified Computing System.

Karolina Olszewska
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