Minnesota State Capitol prepares for digital age

According to State Tech

Minnesota IT Services worked with the state’s Department of Administration to design and install new IT systems that ensure the Capitol will remain relevant to the public in the digital age.

“Minnesota IT Services staff was instrumental in this process,” said Wayne Waslaski, senior director of real estate and construction services at the Department of Administration, in a press release unveiling the tech upgrades.

Most upgrades aim to create a place where Minnesotans can participate in today’s government landscape, much of which is digital. For this reason, IT services added IT infrastructure that facilitates free Wi-Fi in public spaces.

“As legislators, lobbyists, constituents and advocates gather at the Capitol to lay the groundwork for the future of our state, they can keep up with each other and work to advance legislation in real time online,” the press release states.

IT services also helped coordinate a fiber broadband installation throughout the building, which connected all agencies in the building to the new network. The Capitol has also been outfitted with two wiring closets for network connections.

“Having two closets allows us to have increased capacity for our network and resiliency. If one closet has issues or stops working, the whole system will not go offline,” said Minnesota IT Services’ Systems Supervisor Bruce Zimmerman in the press release.

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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