The UC Irvine Medical Center had already been using network-access control (NAC) based on Bradford Networks, to restrict and control computers. This has now extended to mobile devices, too, but in this case, the NAC works directly with the AirWatch agent for specific purposes, Gold says.
The Bradford NAC can see the media access control address on devices used by all students and faculty, and if the mobile device is approved as correctly configured with AirWatch, it's allowed on the network. But if it's not, the mobile device is temporarily isolated sent to a virtual LAN segment and in the process, middleware the IT department came up with tells these mobile-device users that they need to install the AirWatch software if they haven't. "We're telling students they have to agree to install the AirWatch agent, which applies the profile for either students or faculty," Gol saysd.
In addition the management issues, application development for iOS has also taken hold.
"We quickly learned how to write an iOS application," he notes, and today UC Irvine Medical Center has three it makes available through its own internal apps store: a paging app for clinicians to look up anyone and page them; a so-called "way-finding" app that's a flexible directional map; and a survey application related to patient care.
One reason for all the iOS enthusiasm is because UC Irvine Medical Center's vendor Allscripts, which supplies the electronic medical record software, started developing apps for Apple iOS. This influenced the hospital and teaching institution to stick to iOS as a base for internal apps development, Gold says.
Most of the campus focus these days is on Apple IOS smartphones and tablets, since that appears to be the most popular there, but the same process is also been applied to Android devices, too.
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