Video Guidance, now Pinnaca, has been has been awarded the contract for the State of North Dakota’s video conferencing hardware and services. North Dakota provides video conferencing services to state and local government, K-12 schools, universities and colleges, and public libraries, and expects to continue expanding to new locations throughout the state. The State currently manages a statewide video infrastructure connecting approximately 550 video conference rooms.
The contract was issued by the State of North Dakota acting through its Information Technology Department (ITD) and Office of Management and Budget.
The State’s communications infrastructure, called STAGEnet, has evolved into a hybrid network to meet increased demand. The network includes the use of Ethernet, optical fiber, Internet Service Provider (ISP) broadband services and wireless/satellite connectivity. STAGEnet includes the scale and flexibility to support the convergence of voice, video and data technologies as key components in optimizing statewide services. STAGEnet provides network access and connectivity for state government; state, local, county and city offices; and K-12 schools, universities, colleges and public libraries.
In addition to Polycom, Lifesize and Sony visual communications systems, the State of North Dakota also uses Tandberg, a Cisco company.