Harlandale@2021

Harlandale @2021 is a second five-year technology infrastructure & services plan that builds on the successfully accomplished 2012-2016 goals of the department of Information Services:
  • designed, created and migrated the District to a unified network platform (Microsoft)
  • embedded a secondary platform within the unified network (Apple)
  • replaced the District's copper-based infrastructure with a dark fiber backbone
  • upgraded the router, switches & cabling in the District Data Center and every MDF/IDF District-wide
  • upgraded the District's wireless network
  • acquired and installed an enterprise-sized back-up power generator for emergency fail-over
  • created the basic digital classroom hardware kit including workstation/projector/document camera/interactive whiteboard
  • created and implemented the computer replacement plan (CP) to ensure a steady stream of up-to-date workstations, laptops and devices into the classroom
  • created a subsidiary domain "myhisd.net" to provide a separate focused online learning environment for teachers & students (various engines including; Moodle, Gaggle and currently Google G Suite)
  • introduced Voice over IP telecommunication District-wide
  • introduced the Skype/Lync unified communications platform
  • creating the TECHstore to speed-up the ability of the campuses to acquire digital hardware
  • audited and restructured telecommunication services to realize a 50% reduction in the District's monthly charges
  • adopted the Consortium for School Networking's (CoSN) principles for establishing & maintaining a trusted digital learning environment

That is just the beginning. The year 2017 will see the completion of more important projects that will provide for an opportunity-rich and secure technology environment for students, staff and the community: Projects scheduled for completion like:

Creating a document digitizing and archiving system moving the District towards a paperless environment

 
Designing & installing new digital live mass notification systems at each campus to upgrade PA, Intercom and Bell Scheduling along with introducing wireless clocks and integration with the District's existing Voice over IP telecommunications system
 
Upgrading of the District's Voice over IP telecommunications system to increase the ability to integrate it with other services
 

Introducing bio-metric identification into the District's time & attendance management system

 
Upgrading the District-wide Visitor Management System and further leveraging the District's investment by extending it's ability to assist with tracking tardiness
 
 

On the horizon for 2018​ includes the design and implementation of a new backup and recovery system for the District's network greatly improving its resiliency with a dramatic decrease in outages & downtime and the acquisition & installation of a District-wide asset management system.



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