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Customer Spotlight: Person County Schools + Wireless Technology Transforms Modern Day Classrooms

Every day, over 400 teachers, instructional support staff, and administrators employed by the Person County Schools prepare over 4,600 students with critical thinking, communicative, collaborative and creative skills. New programs implemented by the school board such as the 1:1 Laptop Initiative give students an advantage for learning and living in the modern tech age. Due to the ever evolving requirements of devices, curriculum and growing demand for a more suitable wireless network that would meet the needs of its users, the Person County School System was in need of a new solution. Issues that Person County School users were facing included a mixed environment of devices on 2.4 GHz and 5GHz radio bands, heightened congestion during quarterly online testing, and erratic Wi-Fi connections. Complications with the wireless network interrupted instructional time, pulling teachers away from daily lessons in order to troubleshoot faulty connections. Ashley Cooper, Director of Accountability, Technology, Media  and HomeBase for the Person County Schools, and his team quickly recognized the problem and carefully evaluated several options that would improve the current infrastructure. One option the team considered was replacing legacy laptops with new, sleeker versions. However, replacing laptops was ruled out when analysis of trending data revealed the brevity of reprieve from the wireless woes would be in less than 18 months. By planning for the next five years versus patching with a quick fix, Cooper and his team decided the best plan of action would be an overhaul of the entire six-year-old county-wide wireless network. Outfitting 13 schools from pre-K to 12th grade and three administration and operations facilities in a matter of weeks was...
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Customer Spotlight: Carteret Co. Schools + Making the Grade in a Twenty-First Century Classroom

One of North Carolina’s best features is the Southern Outer Banks and the Crystal Coast. Comprised mostly of the coastline of Carteret County, the Crystal Coast is known for its rich history, cozy beach towns, and perfect fishing conditions. Tourists flock to towns like Emerald Isle, Beaufort and Morehead City every summer to learn about Blackbeard, visit Fort Macon and the view wild horses of Shackleford Banks. After the summer visitors have left, local schools go into session and Carteret County Public School System’s IT Director Wes Rinehart and his team go into high gear. Due to the growing trend of online testing and technology initiatives set forth by school boards across North Carolina, many school systems such as the Carteret County Public School System are assigning county-owned devices like Google Chromebooks, or students are bringing their own devices to school. Teachers are also purchasing tablets and other technology to upgrade their learning environments. Studies have shown that the modern day student or teacher may be working with two devices at any given moment. The mixture of devices and ownership creates unique security challenges for the school system, whose responsibility is to ensure the security of its internal data. In preparation for the upcoming school year, Rinehart approached Carolina Advanced Digital, Inc. last winter to redesign the network for the Carteret County school system. New to the school system, Rinehart collaborated with outside partners and Todd Williamson, Director of Instructional Technology, to increase access to resources, expand coverage and enhance the usability of user applications. Carolina Advanced Digital Pro Services, specifically Network Engineer Rob Baxley, helped to redesign a...
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Customer Spotlight: Myrtle Beach International Airport + Commercial Aviation of the Future

Welcome to Myrtle Beach, one of the largest vacation spots on the East Coast. When a passenger steps off of the plane at Myrtle Beach International Airport, the last thing on his mind is the interface for the ticketing booths or the secured data on the display screens. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is home to attractions like Hard Rock Café, Planet Hollywood, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, beautiful beaches and luscious golf courses. All of these elements attract national conferences for business goers and weeklong family vacations. Myrtle Beach is a major center for tourism in the United States and it has been estimated that nearly 15 million people visit the city each year. The Myrtle Beach International Airport, owned by Horry County and operated by the Department of Airports, is a full-service facility that serves as the gateway to the Grand Strand. In May 2010, the airport began the Terminal Capacity Enhancement Program, a $118 million program that delivered a new automated baggage handling system, expansions that mobilize passengers, and many aesthetic improvements. Networking wizard and brain behind the ever expanding IT infrastructure is Scott Van Moppes, Assistant Director of Airports. Van Moppes has 30 years of industry experience and is known for innovative solutions. Scott landed at Myrtle Beach International Airport 11 years ago where he administers everything from TSA information to terminal networks all while being Airport Executive certified. Recently he was the lead for Delta Airline’s standalone ticketing kiosk which handles gate check-ins and seat changes. Carolina Advanced Digital, Inc.’s relationship with Scott started in 2008 when he purchased a few HP ProVision switches and collaborated on...
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Customer Spotlight: Davidson County Government + Link Encryption

Located in the heart of the Piedmont and part of the Uwharrie Mountains, Davidson County is known to most for its fantastic barbecue selection and connection to the furniture industry of North Carolina. With a population of 150,000 residents, Davidson County is the home of NASCAR race teams and The Lexington Barbecue Festival, which brings over 200,000 visitors annually to the streets of the downtown district. With this influx of visitors and its growing population, the availability of county resources and services is of utmost importance to Davidson County. Mission-critical services include 911 and emergency response services, law enforcement, and a secured infrastructure managed and protected by Davidson County’s IT Department. Davidson County’s IT Department has been the recipient of awards such as the Digital Counties Survey, where Davidson County placed eighth this year by demonstrating its ability to utilize digital technologies to serve their citizens and increase the efficiency of county operations. Other acknowledgments include the Government Innovation Grant Award (GIGa) Innovation Showcase, where applicants submit original ideas to a panel of CIOs from across the state and winners receive a grant that goes towards the proposed projects. Davidson County IT proposed a paperless agenda solution that saved the County thousands annually in printing costs and reduced paper waste. Recently Carolina Advanced Digital, Inc. was selected by Davidson County’s CIO, Joel Hartley to work on a new encryption project to satisfy new security requirements set forth by the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division of the U.S Department of Justice. Hartley, who has been with the Davidson County IT Department since the department was added in 1995, has...
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