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Introducing Penn Directory Mobile for Handhelds

March 21, 2006 :: Robin Beck, Vice President, Information Systems & Computing

For users of web-enabled mobile devices, finding contact information for people at Penn has become much easier thanks to the new Penn Directory Mobile. Just introduced by ISC, this version of the Penn Directory is designed specifically for handheld devices with a web browser, including models of the Palm, BlackBerry, and Windows Mobile platforms, as well as web-enabled phones.

Penn Directory Mobile provides a streamlined interface for entering queries and displaying results on small screens. It supports both the Public View and the Penn View of search results, and respects all University privacy rules. "Help" links offer quick explanations for functions and conventions.

A secure, SSL-capable web browser, available on newer handheld devices, is required to use the Penn View (PennKey login required). Unfortunately, SSL compatibility is often not well-documented by vendors, and may not become apparent until you attempt to log in. Please contact your LSP if you have questions. To locate your LSP, please see www.upenn.edu/computing/view/support/.

The Penn Directory is ISC's first online service to offer a version for mobile devices. To try it out, follow the Penn Directory Mobile link on the Penn Web Directories page, or go to www.upenn.edu/mdir.



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