Princeton launches updated mobile website
Posted March 26, 2013; 07:15 a.m.
Princeton University's Office of Information Technology has launched an updated mobile website where faculty, staff, students and visitors can access interactive information about Princeton via smartphone, tablet or computer. Princeton Mobile is available for free at m.princeton.edu and will replace the iPrinceton mobile app.
"The biggest improvement is that Princeton Mobile is designed to be accessible across all mobile devices and computers," said Mary Albert, manager of the project office for OIT Academic Services. "We wanted to ensure that everyone using it — whether they are on an iPhone, Android or another device — would have a consistent experience and could access the same information."
The Office of Information Technology has launched an updated mobile website where users can access interactive information about the University via smartphone, tablet or computer. Princeton Mobile, available at m.princeton.edu, was designed to be accessible across all mobile devices. (Photo by Denise Applewhite)
Princeton Mobile has 16 interactive menus, some of which include:
- a faculty, staff and student directory
- campus dining information
- a detailed campus map and self-guided tours
- University TigerTransit schedules
- University news and video pages
- a fully integrated library catalogue
- Athletics news and information
- links to Princeton's social media pages.
Princeton Mobile has 16 interactive menus. A new dining section (left) shows which dining facilities are open, what they are serving and dietary information. Users also can access the Princeton University Library's catalogue (right). (Image courtesy of the Office of Information Technology)
It also has a more sophisticated search function, allowing users to search the entire website at once rather than having to search within individual menus.
"For example, if you search for someone's name, it may pull up their phone number, email and office location in the directory, as well as University news stories and videos that mention them," Albert said.
Princeton Mobile also makes it easier to find certain information, such as its new Dining section where users can see in real time which dining facilities are open, what they are serving, and dietary and allergen information for menu items.
An interactive map displays detailed building and directional information, as well as campus paths and walkways. The map has a new feature that allows users to search locations by categories, such as libraries, residential colleges or academic buildings. The map also is connected to event listings — tap on an event's address and the location is shown on the map.
The mobile website also features a campus map with detailed building and directional information (left) and various self-guided tours, such as a sustainability tour of campus (right). (Image courtesy of the Office of Information Technology)
News and videos from the University's news websites, as well as from the Princeton Alumni Weekly and The Daily Princetonian, are available via Princeton Mobile.
"We hope anyone who studies, lives, works or visits here will explore the new Princeton Mobile site and find it easy to use," Albert said. "It also can be a resource for alumni or others who want to stay connected to Princeton when not on campus."
To access Princeton Mobile for the first time, visit m.princeton.edu and bookmark the site for future use. Princeton Mobile also may be downloaded as a free app for Apple phones and tablets at Apple's app store and will be available for Android devices at the Google Play store.
Users who have the old iPrinceton app on their phones should update to the new Princeton Mobile app at the Apple or Google Play stores, depending on which device they have.
OIT worked with Modo Labs of Cambridge, Mass., to design Princeton Mobile. Various University offices, including Facilities Organization, the Office of Communications, Princeton University Library and University Services, helped provide content for Princeton Mobile.