Envision Awarded Qualified Vendor Status for RIDE’s Wireless Classroom Initiative
Added on: 04.22.13
Envision Technology Advisors was recently named a Qualified Vendor for the Rhode Island Department of Education’s (RIDE) Wireless Classroom Initiative. This initiative will provide $20 million to expand wireless access to classrooms across Rhode Island over the next two years.
To receive this Qualified Vendor status, Envision was required to demonstrate their ability to conduct site reviews and surveys for RI’s school buildings, purchase the necessary equipment needed for these projects, and provide installation services and support. The solutions Envision has been qualified to install and support include Cisco, Aruba Networks, HP, Juniper, and Extreme Networks and they are this initiative’s only named vendor approved to procure Dell, SonicWall, Netgear, and Buffalo Networks infrastructure.
“Envision has a long history of working with educational institutions and we know how important access to the right technology is for students of all ages,” said Todd Knapp, Envision’s founder and CEO. “As a Rhode Island company, we are proud to be included in an initiative that will make such a significant impact on the quality of education, and access to technology, provided in our schools.”
A recent survey of RI classrooms’ access to technology found that only 23.8 percent of those classrooms have 100 percent wireless access. While most classrooms did have access to the Internet, that access was typically limited to just the teacher’s computer and students’ access to computers through labs or other devices covered only 7 percent of classrooms. The Wireless Classroom Initiative will significantly increase connectivity and access for public school systems and state-operated character schools.
“We are all very excited to be involved with this initiative,” says Envision’s COO, Michael Ando. “Many of the employees here at Envision have children in the RI Public school system and the thought of being able to strengthen our children’s educational path through technology is something that is important to all of us.”
Public school districts looking to schedule a site survey from Envision can visit their website at envisionsuccess.net/wireless to complete a quick form and initiate that survey request. Envision will also be holding a series of educational seminars specifically geared toward this initiative and available exclusively to RI school districts/LEAs. Information on those seminars will also be available on the company’s website as they are scheduled.