Digital Upgrade to NY Prison Law Libraries

I wonder if this is going to be good or bad???

Digital Upgrade to NY Prison Law Libraries
December 11, 2010
Nfrastructure Helps NY State Department of Correctional Services Deliver `Smart Services` with Digital Upgrade to Prison Law Libraries

Clifton Park, New York, December 9, 2010 – nfrastructure announced a major milestone today in their goal of helping the New York State Department of Correctional Services (DOCS) achieve smarter and more cost-effective inmate management solutions with the digital conversion of 68 law libraries at correctional facilities throughout the state. Department of Correctional Services Commissioner Brian Fischer identified the digital law library project as a departmental initiative in fiscal year 2009-2010 as part of his ongoing effort to improve efficiency in the delivery of critical and required services in the state prison system.

The core of the project involves replacing costly and bulky large-volume books in each law library with an electronic system that includes secure routers, printers, and thin client computers that access a commercial off-the-shelf law library package. Not only does the state save money by not having to buy new books every year, but with inmates able to access information faster and staff spending less time re-stocking volumes on shelves, the upgrade also should help reinforce facility safety as well. DOCS estimates that the annual savings to State taxpayers will exceed $2 million after the system is rolled out to every facility and the old law books completely retired.

The Department of Correctional Services chose nfrastructure through the NYS Office of General Services’ Comprehensive Telecommunications Equipment and Solutions contract because of the company’s flexibility, support services, value, and experience in working with correctional facilities. As a result of the law library project, DOCS has retained nfrastructure to work on a number of other services including the Commissioner’s digital literacy project, computer lab upgrades, and improvements to the administrative staff network and the new secure inmate network.

“We are helping to execute Commissioner Fischer’s vision for an efficient, cost-effective alternative for the provision of these required services; this project is just another testament of our company’s resources and capabilities to perform the highest quality work to increase efficiencies for smarter government initiatives,” said nfrastructure’s chief technology officer, Kishor Bagul. “In this economy we understand the importance of doing more with less.”

The Department’s Management Information Systems Division (MIS) staff, who designed the project, engaged nfrastructure to conduct site surveys at each correctional facility, analyze cabling and wiring needs, and identify methods to facilitate the most efficient installation possible at each site. Based on the department’s specifications, nfrastructure out-sourced HP thin clients with special secure stands, Xerox printing equipment, and configured Nortel secure routers to run efficiently within the newly developed, secure inmate network.

Completing each installation in less than five days, nfrastructure worked closely with DOCS MIS andfacility project teams to follow safety protocols, and scheduled weekly project meetings to ensure completion within budget and on time. Installations concluded with nfrastructure’s prove-out process to test that all equipment functioned to specifications, and documentation of the completed job was provided. nfrastructure continues to provide DOCS with support and assurance for every location.

About nfrastructure:

nfrastructure helps large enterprises design, build and operate mission-critical technology infrastructure. Combining proven methods and tools, world-class engineering talent, on-site technical service in every major North American market and tightly integrated low cost remote support, nfrastructure collaborates with customers to deliver sustainable disruptive value. With industry practices in public sector, financial services, retail, healthcare, technology, communications, public safety and energy, nfrastructure works with leading technology hardware and software vendors to provide comprehensive data center, network, security, unified communications, end-point, structured cabling, staffing and outsourcing solutions. More information is available at http://www.nfrastructure.com.

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