Library renews internet devices contract
Parkland Regional Library, headquartered in Lacombe, has renewed device contracts for its 50 public libraries, guaranteeing high-speed Internet service for the next four years.
The renewed contract will also allow staff to continue to perform crucial software updates and definitions.
The library board voted in September to have all Fortigate Customer Edge Devices (CEDs) renewed until Jan. 5, 2017.
CEDs act as a gateway to the Alberta SuperNet for Parkland members. The network provides all internal and external services. This will ensure the maintenance and support of high-speed Internet services as well as switching, routing and firewalling.
According to the library, firewalling is one of the most important aspects of tech services as it takes care of anti-malware scanning/blocking, application control for peer-to-peer software, traffic shaping and additional security-related functions.
The value of the maintenance renewal contract was just over $51,000.
“Due to the adept negotiating by Tim Spark, network administrator, Parkland was able to get an exceptional discount price,” a news release from the regional library stated.
In a single day, 493 Central Albertans used the public computers at the local library in 2012.