HKU Campus Network Update - Major Upgrade in Queen Mary Hospital

Our last report on the status of the Campus Network upgrade in the Queen Mary Hospital was made in Issue No. 77 of the Computer News.  Now, we are glad to report further progress on this project to the HKU community.

During the past year, we coorperated extensively with the QMH Administration to push ahead with the upgrade, which was beset with some difficulties peculiar to the Hospital environment.  To start with, the installation of some Phase III (ACEnet) points planned in the ward areas required special arrangement in terms of time and access.  The pace of the network upgrade was also hampered by the simultaneous launching of a false-ceiling replacement project initiated by the hospital for the Professorial Block and the New Clinical Building. The two projects had to be conducted simultaneously  in order to minimise disruption to users.  Lastly we have had a lengthy negotiation with the government's Architectural Services Department over the cost of the installation of electrical sockets in the hospital area which are essential for the powering up of network equipments which provide connectivity to all the network points.

The current status and anticipated development can best be gleaned from the following table :
 
 
Building No. of Phase II network points No. of Phase III network points Present status Targeted completion date
Main Block 0 42*
  • Cabling and termination of network points completed,
  • Installation of network equipmnets underway
  • 30 March, 2000
    Block J 0 6*
  • Cabling and termination of network points completed,
  • Installation of network equipmnets underway
  • 30 March, 2000
    Block K 0 33*
  • Cabling and termination of network points completed, 
  • Installation of network equipmnets underway
  • 30 March, 2000
    Block L 0 4* In operation               -
    Sch. of Nursing Studies 0 25*
  • Cabling and termination of network points completed, 
  • Installation of network equipments underway
  • 30 March, 2000
    New Clinical Bldg. 136 6*
  • Cabling and termination of network points completed, 
  • Installation of network equipmnets underway
  • Network Interface Cards replacement for Phase II points under preparation
  • 30 March, 2000
    Professorial Block 123 4*
  • 2/F & 6/F in operation
  • Cabling for 3/F, 4/F and 5/F underway in tandem with the hospital's false-ceiling replacement exercise

  • Depends on the progress of the false-ceiling replacement project, anticipated to be completed in 2000.

    * Note : On advice of the QMH Administration, all Phase III network points are not provided with power sockets because of the current near-capacity loading of the generators.

    We look forward to bringing you more news in the near future on the development of the QMH network upgrade.
     

    T.Y. Shen
    Tel: 2241 5229
    E-mail: sty@cc.hku.hk



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