Blandin Light Speed Grant
Six Month Progress Report
Peter Walsh, Project Coordinator
April 22, 2008
We have just completed the first six months of our Light Speed Project and it is exciting to provide an update on the progress we have made toward our goals.
All in all we have made good strides in either completing or moving forward on our goal related activities. Perhaps the biggest disappointment has been the slow progress of HBCI making the FTTH connections. We hope that with warmer weather their technicians will be better able to complete this task. HBCI has indicated that they will be starting to lay underground cable now that the ground is frost free and they assure us that once they get started installations will flow steadily.
We are very pleased with the response of our staff and their desire for additional training. We are excited to see the ease in which our E-File system is being deployed and we have programs clamoring to be next on our installation list. Fortunately, that decision is made by the agency Directors and they select programs on the basis of need and readiness.
Our remote monitoring venture is unfolding very nicely. We have a model home in the midst of implementation with a variety of security devices working and progress being made every day. We have most of the call escalation program completed and are designing the user interface screens. We are testing the phone interface and find that it works well. I am sure we will find more things that we need to adjust as we start playing out some scenarios.
We are meeting monthly with a local group made up of providers of care to the elderly who are seeking ways to improve the delivery of service to seniors within the Winona community. They are excited about our participation and we hope to find some opportunities to implement some of our remote monitoring solutions within their care population.
We are grateful to the Blandin Foundation for this opportunity to implement our broadband applications.
The Blandin Foundation is supporting four standout broadband programs through the Light Speed program. The program’s purpose is to stimulate the deployment of bandwidth intensive applications that connect local institutions to area resident’s home. This post comes from a Light Speed community leader.