Last year, Plainfield Community Consolidated School District #202 served more than 26,000 students, across 30 schools in a 64-square mile area in the southwest Chicago suburbs. Student achievement has been rising since the early 2000s and educators continue to point to the increasing use of technology and digital learning tools as a driver of the district’s progress. Its recent Technology Trailblazers initiative, however, has become one of the ‘202 In Focus’ topics that underscored a great need for functional AV on campus. In many cases, teachers
were dragging out old speakers, microphones and projectors when communicating with large groups, putting on presentations or hosting assemblies. Equipment was very unreliable, with
some schools working perfectly and others only sometimes or not at all — and it wasn’t clear which of the 30 Prek-12 schools had the greatest need.
Encompass Connect conducted detailed internal audits of each system, examining the hardware, existing infrastructure and cabling, and provided comprehensive reports for every campus. It found some schools with 15+ year-old technology that needed to be replaced and others with equipment that simply needed repair, and signed on to complete all projects to support District #202 for its current and evolving needs with significant cost-savings.
Working closely with administration, Encompass Connect identified the most critical issues to address first. It designed a program schedule to complete enhancements quickly within a strict budget.
Sound systems were replaced with highly-reliable hardware that ensure clear, crisp messages are delivered with the best possible audio quality, along with projectors that can now display information with details needed for lessons and visual presentations in gyms, auditoriums, classrooms and multipurpose spaces.
All told, performance and reliability was the result with easy-to-use equipment that is compatible with technology updates and will function for years to come.
WHEN THE 21ST CENTURY CAMPUS DEMANDS BOTH CUTTING-EDGE AND DEPENDABLE CONNECTIVITY
The typical standard of commercial AV/IT design and installation has become entirely inadequate for the demands of 21st Century education.
“Building to spec” doesn’t cut it anymore: conventional voice/picture solutions are blending with IT and PoE functions at a quick rate, needing to meet tomorrow’s data and
power requirements. Our campus partners demand vendors who can grasp organizational goals, design more elegant solutions and get them on the ground and working.”
BUILT TO IMPROVE LEARNING, SUPPORT CAMPUS CULTURE AND LOWER COST
We deliver resilient and intelligent connectivity infrastructures so that everyone from the dean’s office to the lounge area at the student center can count on crisp video, clear voice and uninterrupted streams of critical data, both now and in the future.
Beyond that, our cabling backbone is scalable enough for you to save energy, lower costs, and create more secure environments with data, PoE and security networking, guarding against your system’s obsolescence in the long term.
This is something that typical AV/IT commercial guys don’t know how to design, can’t install and certainly don’t service with our level of passion and accountability.