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THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK ENROLS MEDIAPPS FOR STUDENT LIFESTYLE PORTAL: WARWICKPIAZZA.NET

Mediapps' Net.Portal selected for long-term student community strategy


29th October 2001: Mediapps, Europe's leader in enterprise portal solutions, has today announced the successful launch of warwickpiazza.net, a community portal designed exclusively for students at The University of Warwick. Built as part of the University's continuing investment into a campus-wide broadband network, the portal has already attracted more than 2500 student registrations by offering a personalised information resource for campus news, jobs, email and retail services.

Warwickpiazza.net was launched alongside a new 5300 broadband network, delivering direct access to the portal from student residences. For off-campus students, alumni or distance learning students, warwickpiazza.net can be accessed remotely via the Internet, ensuring everyone can stay in touch with the campus.

"Students living within the networked campus, or with those with the ability to connect remotely, can now benefit from University services such as career advice, employment links, travel and retail promotions," explains Andy Brown, account manager at Mediapps. "Thanks to heavy investment in its broadband network, The University of Warwick has become one of the country's first universities to truly embrace technology on a mass scale and integrate it into the daily lives of students.

"Net.Portal has been selected as the primary delivery mechanism for such student information and thanks to the corporate licensing deal agreed with Mediapps, The University of Warwick will be able to use the solution for the development of additional portals, each targeted at different interest groups," continues Brown.


"Managed independently of the University's academic/administrative network, warwickpiazza.net has a completely different acceptable use policy," explains Mary Visser, Assistant IT Director at The University of Warwick. "One of the most important differences is that unlike the University's academic/administrative network, recreational and personal use of warwickpiazza.net is explicitly allowed and encouraged."

To view the portal, please visit www.warwickpiazza.net. Please note that without University of Warwick student identification you will have access only to basic services and not be able to benefit from portal personalisation features. This link is supplied for review purposes only.


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About Mediapps
With more than 240 customers, Mediapps is Europe's leading provider of portal-based technology. Mediapps' strategy is to provide not just the software necessary to create a portal but pre-configured information sources as well. When combined with ready to use user profiling, Net.Portal, Mediapps' Portal Generator, can provide rapid results right 'out of the box' with little or no coding required.

Net.Portal makes it possible for organisations to deploy portals for use in an intranet, extranet or Internet environment. Users define their own profile and interests and benefit from delivery of the right information, at the right time, aggregated from the myriad of internal and external information sources that exist today.
Clients of Mediapps include: Radisson Edwardian Hotels, Alcatel, IBM, BT (British Telecommunications), Bull, Carl Zeiss, Dior, Wanadoo and ZDNet.


About Net.Portal
Mediapps' Net.Portal, is a browser-based application, used by companies to filter and deliver internal and external electronic information to employees and customers. Net.Portal, provides a fast and powerful information management tool at both an individual and corporate level. It improves the relevance and enhances the personalisation of business information from the Internet and intranet.

Users of Net.Portal can customise the portal interface, giving it their own corporate look and feel. The administrator can also determine which information sources are used in their organisation, how they are used and which employees have access to them. Furthermore, they can add their own information sources. Net.Portal is available in a number of languages and on three platforms: Lotus Domino, Java and Microsoft IIS.



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