For the fiber optics and software, the county paid
The county was able to benefit from different upgrades and additions in the contract because the company,
With the courthouse's fiber optic cables already in place, the network's new virtual desktop hardware will be installed in the coming months, said
The upgrades, including replacement of the county's 17 existing network switches, will allow programs and data to be centralized on servers located in the courthouse basement rather than on bulky computer towers, Scherm said.
County employees' work stations will basically be a monitor, a keyboard and a mouse, Scherm said. And the network's capacity will expand from 100 megabytes to more than 40 gigabytes.
"We're going from millions to billions in data capacity," Scherm said.
The new system will operate more securely and faster, saving time for more than 300 county employees and money previously lost in slow productivity because of lagging technology, Qually said. The county will also experience savings in paper as it works to digitize its files and records.
The IT department will be able to manage roughly 500 desktop stations from one server, which will expedite software installations, future upgrades and other repairs, Scherm said.
The infrastructure upgrades will put
"With the new system, we'll be able to have one type of equipment and fix people's problems without running around the building," said
The network upgrade will include at least six different software systems for different departmental applications, Scherm said.
And with the upgrades, the new network will have the capacity for private and possibly even public wireless Internet.
"We're hedging our bets here," Scherm said of the potential for public WiFi at the courthouse.
The site, www.adamscounty.us, was named the best for 2014 among the state's 50 fourth- through eighth-class counties. It was launched last summer by the association for thousands less in startup and annual costs than if the county had hired a private company to design its new site.
And the cost is going down for municipalities to launch their own website through the county's.
Commissioners approved a new fee schedule last week, making it cheaper for county boroughs and townships to establish a viral presence.
It previously cost all municipalities
Municipalities with a population of 2,000 or less can launch a website for
Nineteen of the county's 34 municipalities have a functioning website, according to the county website's municipalities page.
"It's a great opportunity for these smaller municipalities," said
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