Aug. 23, 2010
Emory Launches Mobile Suite of Apps
Emory University has launched Emory Mobile, a collection of smartphone 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.
Emory's Office of University Technology (OIT) and the Office of Communications and Marketing developed Emory Mobile in partnership with Blackboard Mobile, a division of Blackboard, Inc. Emory Mobile will be available for the iPhone on Aug. 23. BlackBerry and browser-based mobile website (WAP) versions also will be available soon thereafter.
Look Up Contact information, Dining Locations and More
Depending on the capabilities of the device and the services available, the full suite of Emory Mobile 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 ofcampus; Oxford dining locations; and emergency alert notifications.
"Given the incredible growth of the use of mobile devices, we wanted to make it easy for our campus visitors, particularly prospective students and their families, to access information that they want and need," says Ron Sauder, vice president of communications and marketing. "The campus maps app, for example, will be a valuable resource for visitors and the Emory community alike, as will the campus events calendar, news feed, arts and athletic information and more."
"Mobile devices are quickly becoming the preferred tool for accessing relevant, localized information," says Rich Mendola, vice president of information technology and chief information officer. "Emory Mobile is the first manifestation of work that is under way to move our key systems and services to the leading mobile devices. Our goal is to make information more accessible for our customers and to streamline academic and business transactions across Emory."
Accessing Emory Mobile
- Get Emory Mobile on your iPhone or iPod touch: Visit the iTunes AppStore, search for "Emory Mobile" and install the app on your device.
- Get Emory Mobile on your Blackberry device (OS 4.2 and higher): Visit the Blackberry App World, search for "Emory Mobile" and install the app on your device. (Coming soon.)
- For more information on Emory Mobile visit www.emory.edu/mobile.