Emory University has launched Emory Mobile, a collection of smart phone apps that gives device-toting students, staff, faculty and visitors the ability to navigate the Atlanta or Oxford campuses, browse event calendars, get the latest news, find contact information for people at Emory, identify a place to eat on campus and more.
"Mobile devices like smart phones are increasing the way we interact with data that we need 'just at our fingertips,'" says Rich Mendola, vice president of information technology and chief information officer. "Emory Mobile is an essential ingredient of work that's underway to adapt Emory's campus data infrastructure for mobile access and provides a platform for the development of future applications that will benefit academic and business transactions across Emory. New ways of transacting business will be created and the academic experience will undergo a transformation that can only be glimpsed now."
Emory's University Technology Services and the Office of Communications and Marketing developed Emory Mobile in partnership with Blackboard Mobile, a division of Blackboard, Inc. Emory Mobile also is available for the iPhone. BlackBerry and browser-based mobile Web site versions also will be available soon thereafter.
Depending on the capabilities of the device and the services available, the full suite of EmoryMobile apps allows users to:
* Look up contact information for Emory faculty, staff and students, connect easily via e-mail or phone and store contact information with a few taps.
* Search for Atlanta and Oxford campus buildings by name or address and view the relative location on GPS-enabled devices. Zoom in or track your progress if the device supports GPS.
* Look up dining locations on the Atlanta campus and get location information.
* Search the catalog of the Emory Libraries system and contact a librarian directly for additional information.
* Catch up on news from around Emory, including Emory Report, The Emory Wheel and individual school news.
* Browse the Emory calendar available on www.emory.edu and dozens of other campus calendars, including the arts, for event details and locations. Bookmark upcoming events for quick reference.
* Get Emory YouTube content.
* Follow Emory Eagles varsity teams with news, schedules and real-time scores.
The next version of Emory Mobile is already being contemplated, and discussions are underway to include course descriptions, times and locations; shuttle bus routes and locations; a guided walking tour of campus; Oxford dining locations; and emergency alert notifications.
"Given the incredible growth of the use of mobile devices with rich data access capabilities, we wanted to provide a mobile service for our campus visitors, particularly prospective students and their families, so they can access information that informs and enhances their experience of Emory," says Ron Sauder, vice president of communications and marketing. "The maps app will be a valuable resource for visitors and the Emory community alike. The possibility to provide additional geo-spatial information resources in the future with tours, transit and campus resources will give our visitors the data they need in the palm of their hand to enrich their experience of Emory."
Get Emory Mobile on your iPhone or iPod touch by visiting the iTunes App Store, search for "Emory Mobile" and install the app on your device. Get Emory Mobile on your Blackberry device by visiting the Blackberry App World, search for "Emory Mobile" and install the app.
More information on Emory Mobile is available by visiting www.emory.edu/mobile.
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