MINUTES OF THE COMPUTING
AND DATA COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE of Erindale College Council held on
Monday, March 17, 2003 at 3:10 p.m., in Room 3129.
PRESENT: J. Lim (Chair), P. Michelucci, A. Vyas, I. Murray, S, Kibria,
S. Qureshi, C. Ferencz Hammond
REGRETS: P. Donoghue, R. Baker, J. Poë, F. Brown/C. Capewell, J.
Sills, T. Mann/K. Nugent
Adoption of the Agenda
The Agenda was approved.
Minutes of the Previous Meeting
The minutes were approved with one amendment.
Business Arising from the Minutes
Stemming from discussion at the last meeting, where the recent campus
thefts were discussed, J. Lim reported that Library staff will be
wearing security I.D. Cards when entering staff areas.
a) Summer Projects J. Lim / A. Vyas
A. Vyas reported on projects that the Microelectronics department
will be working on during the summer. He reported that the installation
of computer systems is planned in many areas of he campus, including
in the Physics, Biology and Chemistry research and teaching laboratories,
in the Centre for Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology (CABB), the
Masters of Biotechnology area and for new faculty in Anthropology.
Many of these system installations are in response to new faculty
hires in these departments. In addition, A. Vyas reported that all
campus security systems will be tested over the summer.
On behalf of the Computing department, J. Lim reported on several
summer projects. The department planned to participate in a two day
conference on innovative technologies held at the St. George campus,
called TechKnow File. The UTM Computing department has submitted four
proposals for presentation to the conference encompassing several
ongoing UTM projects. Among these are the student account management
system, the trouble ticket system, the automated course calendar system
and the project on the reuse of old computers to prolong investment
in technology. The department is also working on an automated system
for parking permit purchases, which will be available for on line
for all faculty, staff and students, with the target date of completion
being May 1, 2003. In addition, the department will be installing
a network system throughout Phase 7 of Residence, once the building
is ready for such work. J. Lim also reported that UTM is collaborating
with the St. George campus in the development of an information database
called UTORAUTH, which could be used to develop web portals, similar
to "myyahoo.com" or "mymsn.com". Work on this
project was in its initial stages and would continue for a long period
of time. He reported that the Computing department will be able to
handle debit and credit card transactions at its reception desk by
September 1, 2003. Also in development is an e-commerce site, which
will enable customers to pay for a network connection via credit cards.
The department is also planning to update the scanner used for multiple
choice exams and student surveys, as the system is outdated.
In response to a members question regarding the automation of
the calendar, J. Lim replied that full implementation of this project
will not be ready for September of 2003.
b) Update on Security Measures A. Vyas
A. Vyas reported that following recent thefts of computer equipment,
new security systems had been installed in Registrarial Services,
the Copy Centre and Media Services. In the near future, security systems
will be installed in many areas on campus including: Business Services,
Human Resources, MMPA, the Vice-President and Principals and
Chief Administrative Office, the office of the Vice Principal Academic
and in the department of Development, Alumni and Public Affairs, Psychology,
the Student Centre, and CABB. These systems consist of a keypad and
have access codes.
In addition to the installation of these security systems, video surveillance
cameras will also be added in strategic areas on campus.
c) Report on NAS/Backup Project and the New Telecom Trouble-Ticket
J. Lim reported that the Backup Project is being tested and will be
ready for operation on April 1, 2003. As a result, all staff and faculty
will receive 650 megabytes of storage space and students will have
increased disc quota space. He also reported that a new system for
submitting telecommunications trouble tickets had been implemented
and training had been provided to appropriate personnel.
J. Lim reported that UTM along with Arts & Science are negotiating
with a number of computer vendors, which may enable students, to purchase
or lease laptops at a competitive rate. The laptops would have a standard
software configuration. The purchase or lease transaction will be
between the vendor and the student. The Universitys role would
as an advertiser for the vendor. Purchase options would include, pay
to own, lease to own or leasing.
A member asked whether the computing department had received any complaints
about students browsing the internet on their laptops in the large
lecture halls. J. Lim replied that no complaints of this nature had
been made. He added that the wireless option is not available in many
large classrooms, but should this problem arise, the computing department
can control access to the wireless network.
The next meeting of the Computing and Data Communications Committee
has not been scheduled as of yet. The Committee will be informed of
any future meetings.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.