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Project Plan: Technology Infrastructure

Based on an analysis of the organization’s leadership, physical space and primary needs, what specific technology infrastructure makes sense? What do they need, and why do they need it? How long can this equipment reasonably be expected to fulfill their needs?

In the long term the vision encompasses a potential that the spaces can be used by every individual indirectly or directly connected to the church community. The Reverend would love for the space to be the hip hang out forĀ  high schoolers, the instructional room for bible study, and the open lab for any individual to use the computers.

Our philosophy remains:

The technology infrastructure should be flexible and the computers should be equipped for maximum use and minimal maintenance.

Setting priorities for the type of technologies our group and our project can deliver, is our main concern for the project. Based on our initial conversations with Reverend Freeman, the leadership and vision for this project is still a work in progress.

At this time, the guiding principle for the technological infrastructure is the need for flexibility. Flexibility both in terms of the physical placement of the computers and in the potential of the software for the computers to meet the needs of the current and future user groups. There are no explicit rules for the space; when the space will be open, who will address technological trouble shooting questions after the space is completed, etc.

It difficult to say how long the equipment will reasonably be able to fulfill the needs of the users. This depends on many factors, one of which includes: the upkeep and maintenance of the computers and space from the user groups. Maintenance depends on the quality of the equipment we are able to deliver. The specifications for the infrastructure we can provide in the computers, will be determined based on the computers we can refurbish.

We tried to equip each computer with equal hardware specifications. Therefore, all 10 computers have 1 GB of RAM and 40 GB Hard drives.

Considering the current electrical limitations of the spaces, we provided one space with 10 working computers on 10 movable desks. The results of our user tests, determined what software will meet the needs of the users on each of the computers.

The hardware within these computers were not targeted for designated user groups. However, a number one priority for these computers was to equip the hardware andĀ  spec out the lifespan for the hardware and software capabilities. For example, we will be equipping the space with restored computers we have specified the capacity of their hard drives and RAMs to determine the time frame for the necessary upgrades.

Prior to our visit on April 8th-9th, we installed open source and proprietary software onto two demonstration computers. During this trip, we conducted user tests, with two users from the local high school.

Setting priorities for the type of technologies our group and our project can deliver, is our main concern for the project. Based on our initial conversations with Reverend Freeman, the leadership and vision for this project is still a work in progress. At this time, the guiding principle for the technological infrastructure is the need for flexibility. Flexibility both in terms of the physical placement of the computers and in the potential of the software for the computers to meet the needs of the current and future user groups. There are no explicit rules for the space; when the space will be open, who will address technological questions after the space is completed, etc.

At this time, it is difficult to say how long the equipment will reasonably be able to fulfill the needs of the users. This depends on many factors, one of which includes: the upkeep and maintenance of the computers and space from the user groups. Maintenance depends on the quality of the equipment we are able to deliver. The specifications for the infrastructure we can provide in the computers, were determined based on the computers we can refurbish.

Possible Internet Wireless Router Configuration

View the computer specs here.

 

Update at Project Conclusion:

  • We were able to configure the wireless routers so wireless functions in both rooms
  • We upgraded the storage and RAM on all computers to help ensure that the computers will last
  • The movable desks and wireless connections allow for physical flexibility of desks, and in the future other devices such as printers and scanners can be added to the network.