Business Challenge

North Bend Central School District (NBCPS) serves a 1200-person community in the southwest corner of Dodge County, Nebraska. Its facilities include a PK-6 elementary school and a central junior-senior high school campus, which accommodates approximately 560 students. While North Bend is a close-knit community and usually devoid of serious risk, NBCPS always stays vigilant in assuring its students and faculty are safe.

The school district had been using a very small analog DVR camera system to track minor incidents of vandalism in its high school building, and doors to both buildings were secured by keys. The manual process of locking and unlocking doors and tracking keys was tedious and cumbersome.

Upon receiving a large dollar federal bond, the school district planned a major infrastructure improvement which included a complete security upgrade. NBCPS turned to Prime Communications, a certified security solutions provider, who proposed Genetec Security Center, for a unified approach to security with video surveillance and access control.


SITUATION

One of the largest public school systems in Nebraska, Millard Public Schools consistently earns national recognition for its innovative programs and the world-class educational opportunities it oers students. The increasing importance of technology in learning and curriculum required Millard Public Schools to evaluate existing systems and networks to identify necessary improvements that would address immediate needs and accommodate future growth and technologies. A savvy internal IT department performed due diligence, opening the project up for bid knowing what they wanted and challenging national and local providers to compete based on performance, price, ease of use and manageability. The initial 17 vendors were narrowed to six finalists. Ultimately, Prime Communications was selected as the result of its ability to best meet the criteria – along with its cost-effective solution for Layer 2 multicast delivery.


SITUATION

In today’s education environment, what’s possible in the classroom depends on the technology that’s available within the school. At Bellevue Public Schools in Nebraska that was precisely the situation in one of its middle schools. With student-issued Apple iPads and a curriculum designed to take advantage of the mobile devices, teachers and students felt limited by a slow and unpredictable network. With plans to continue to move toward a connected community, the school district recognized the need to implement a solution that would solve the immediate wireless needs of the middle school and pave the way for a district-wide approach to technology. Yet, finding the right vendor meant more than the right pricing. Bellevue Public Schools required a partner who could see beyond the project to develop a long-term relationship. That partner was Prime Communications.

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