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panOULU network wanted in restaurants and buses

Wed, 02/21/2007 - 10:29 -- admin

In the future Oulu region residents wish to gain Internet access through panOULU network for example in buses, schools and in the nearest municipalities. Also a larger number of companies, such as banks, cafes and restaurants were wished to offer panOULU for their customers.On Saturday, the 17th of February, about 200 visitors of Oulu Inspires happening gave their wishes of places where panOULU network should be accessible in the future.
The panOULU network can be utilized in the future in several new schools and high schools when TAITO Oulu 400 programme will expand the wireless network coverage during the year 2007 to about 60 different schools in Oulu. At the moment it is possible to access the Internet by using panOULU in e.g. libraries, the city centrum, Raksila sports centre, several citizen's houses and in a part of buses traveling the lines 19 and 50.
The locations of panOULU access points can be checked from kartta.ouka.fi by choosing "panOULU access points" from the category selector and clicking on "Show all". Help for using the network can be asked from panOULU helpdesk which operates on weekdays from 8 am to 4 pm on the numbers 044 703 1626 and 08-558 41626, and also by email on neuvonta@panoulu.net.
Olli Räsänen a new owner of a wireless client
Friends of skiing sports were able to guess beforehand on the Internet the winners of Oulu Inspires happening snowboarding and freeski jumping elimination rounds. The audience favourite in the ski series was Iisko Heiskanen and in snowboarding series Jarkko Keskiaho. A Nokia N80 multimedia computer was drawn out between the guessers. The lot favoured Olli Räsänen. Congratulations for the winner!

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panOULU R&D pages opened

Tue, 02/06/2007 - 14:15 -- admin

panOULU RD pages have now been opened. Among other things you may find information about panOULU R&D resources, ongoing and closed pilots, projects that have utilized panOULU and panOULU-related publications, presentations and theses from the pages.

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Wireless networking in buses

Mon, 01/15/2007 - 10:18 -- admin

PanOULU, the open and free wireless
network, can now be used in local buses and in the library bus
through Digita @450 wireless broadband service. The bus companies V. Alamäki and Koskilinjat, City of Oulu, Digita Plc. and Buscom Plc. are piloting new Flash-OFDM technology, which allows panOULU to be used in moving vehicles, for three months. The decision to continue this project will be made later in the spring, after user experiences have been collected by the end of March. PanOULU access points have been installed in the buses on lines 19 and 50. Read the press release (in Finnish).

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Port 25 (SMTP) to be blocked on 2007-1-15

Wed, 01/03/2007 - 14:00 -- admin

On Monday, the 15th of January 2007, the port for SMTP connections (25) outwards of panOULU network will be blocked because of increase in unsolicited commercial e-mail (spam). This means that it is not possible to use outside SMTP servers which use port 25 from panOULU. E-mail can still be sent through panOULU SMTP server mail.panoulu.net.

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Over 500 access points in the panOULU network

Tue, 01/02/2007 - 13:51 -- admin

The 500th access point was installed to panOULU network on Friday, the 22nd December 2006. It is located at the university in room HU206. In addition the network usage statistics for the year 2006 are ready.In the year 2006 panOULU was used by 15061 different users. Average use time during the year was about one and a half days per user, which is altogether almost 33 million minutes. Connections to the Internet were taken almost 1,2 million times. An average session lasted 28 minutes.

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panOULU rewarded at JulkIT Awards competition

Thu, 12/21/2006 - 08:13 -- admin

panOULU, SparkNet Phonet and Katso project were rewarded at this year's JulkIT Awards competition, while VeTuMa service won it. The competition searched for a public administration joint project which has improved processes, renewed operation models and is technically functioning and easy to use. Read press release (in Finnish).

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IRC and news servers back in use

Tue, 11/21/2006 - 14:37 -- admin

IRC server irc.oulu.net on port 6667 is again accepting connections from panOULU users now that the mysterious name server problems have been fixed. Also the news server news.oulu.net allows connections from panOULU, so reading newsgroups is now possible.

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panOULU usage increased vastly

Thu, 10/12/2006 - 10:08 -- admin

PanOULU, an open wireless citizen's network, reached a new usage record in September.During September altogether 4372 individual devices used panOULU network. It is a whopping 60% increase to the previous usage record from last August (2747). The devices used the network in September in 124 366 sessions altogether 5,1 million minutes. They are both new usage records.
Network expanded through collaboration
One of the reasons why panOULU usage increased is the expansions of the network. City of Oulu's TAITO Oulu 400 programme reached a milestone on 2006-09-22, when the programme's hundreth access point was installed in the library of Tuira. In addition the University of Oulu and Oulu Polytechnic have expanded their own campus networks. Also the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) has opened it's visitor network and telcos have sold several panOULU subscriptions.
At this moment there are altogether 440 access points in the network. Because the network works in a larger area than ever before - for example Raksila sports centre has been covered both inside and outside - there are also a lot more potential users.
Other reasons for the usage growth are the increase in numbers of WLAN compatible phones and students that have bought new laptops with their hard-earned summer job paychecks, returning to their study places. There were almost 700 WLAN capable cell phones in September, which is a seven time figure compared to January 2006. University's campus network was used in September six times more than a year before in September 2005.
A hundred new access points to city's service points
The 5,1 million usage minutes are divided as such: city centre outdoor network 44%, University of Oulu campus network 31%, City of Oulu service points 21%, panOULU subscriptions 2,7% and VTT 0,3%. It is noticeable that the proportion of city's network usage has increased from a couple of percent in January to over 20% in September. This comes naturally from the fact that Oulu has installed a hundred new access points in the city's service points.
PanOULU, network provides in its coverage area wireless broadband Internet access to everybody. PanOULU network is provided in cooperation by City of Oulu, University of Oulu, Oulu Polytechnic and Oulun Puhelin Plc. City of Oulu's 400-year celebration project TAITO Oulu 400 is expanding the network by 400 access points by the end of year 2007 and offers free guidance to using the Internet and panOULU (http://www.ouka.fi/taito/).
panOULU help (Mon-Fri 8-16)
Tel. 044 703 1626, (08) 5584 1626
E-mail: neuvonta@panoulu.net
More information:
Project manager Heikki Riikonen
Tel. 044 703 1640

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