Published: May 26, 2021 / 10:34 AM CDTUpdated: May 26, 2021 / 10:34 AM CDT
Courtesy of West Texas A&M University
CANYON, Texas (KAMR / KCIT) – Thanks to West Texas A&M University, public Wi-Fi services are now available at Palo Duro Canyon State Park, according to a West Texas A&M University press release.
Through WT Connect, visitors to the Pioneer Amphitheater, home of the outdoor drama “Texas” which premieres on May 29 and will run every night except Monday through August 14, now they can connect to Wi-Fi with their phones and other devices to make calls. , sends text messages and browses the web, as indicated by the version.
“We are lucky to have a place in Panhandle like the Palo Duro canyon. The beauty of the canyon and the access to nature it provides is so important to the physical and mental well-being of visitors. But keeping a park on the floor of a canyon is not without challenges, and there is communication, among other things, ”said Jeff Davis, assistant superintendent of the park.
Davis continued: “This partnership with WT will have a huge impact on our visitors. Not only will they be able to share their experience in the park through social media, phone calls and text messages, but we will also have better access to life-saving resources in case someone gets hurt or lost.
WT has partnered with the Tulia Mid-Plains Rural Cooperative to expand existing installed networks and provide free internet service to theater visitors, with plans to include significant parts of the rest of the state park.
“Without this partnership with Mid-Plains, this would not have happened,” said James Webb, vice president of information technology and CEO of WT. “We explored fiber production from our campus and it would have cost a million dollars or more. But working with this rural technology company and fulfilling the ideals of WT 125, we were able to conserve resources and, nevertheless, offer a valuable service to thousands of visitors to the park, from here and from all over the country ”.
According to the University, WT Connect will increase the speed of Internet bandwidth by 500 percent, which will make it possible for WT teachers and students to end up teaching classes at the cannon.
Visitors will find a landing page titled “WT Connect” when they try to use the Internet service on their phone or devices and can access Wi-Fi after entering their email address, such as Internet at Buffalo Stadium and WT’s on-campus sports center.
WT’s IT departments have worked with the Texas Panhandle Cultural Foundation, “Texas,” and the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum to provide new mobile apps for the show and museum, live panoramas, and 360 webcams. Degrees in the theater, a virtual PPHM tour, digital signage in the theater and more features, according to WT.
The statement said a live feed of the series will be shown regularly in weather segments on NewsChannel 10 at 10 p.m.
The main work of the project was done by Dan Garcia, director of information technology; Cody Fenn, Argyle’s senior computer scientist; and Beau Robbins, a recent graduate in Computer Information Systems from Fritch, according to the statement.
“The canyon is in our garden, so to speak, so it makes sense to partner with the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife to enhance the visitor experience at the Palo Duro Canyon,” he said. dir Webb.
More from MyHighPlains.com: