Author Archives: Mark Winterstein

Cut through the Confusion with our new NYS K12 Technology Planning Resources web page

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If you’re confused by all the technology planning required by your New York State K12 School District, you’re not alone. If keeping track of ever-changing technology systems wasn’t enough, NYS school districts are confronted by additional challenges for technology planning including that needed to apply for the district’s Smart Schools Bond Act allocation.

Archi-Technology, an independent technology consulting firm, is helping more than a dozen NYS school districts cut through the clutter to develop Comprehensive Technology Plans, Instructional Technology Plans, and Smart Schools Investment Plans that take a holistic, integrated approach towards goals, gaps and funding sources.

Over the past year, we have developed a number of educational pieces and enablement tools to help our K12 district clients grasp key technical concepts and approach the planning process with efficiency and collaboration. These include:

  • Infographics that convey key concepts relating to technology systems within a district with an emphasis on the “hidden” technology infrastructure you don’t see that is responsible for moving data within and between buildings.
  • Enablement tools including technology meeting checklists and SSIP timelines and sample calendars.

This material is available to your district on our new NYS K12 Technology Planning webpage at no charge and with no required registration.

We hope you find the information helpful and welcome the opportunity to discuss your district’s technology planning challenges.

Knock. Knock. Who’s There? Door Hardware And Lots Of It.

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One of the best parts of any job is discovery: learning new things about things you already thought you knew.

In my relatively new position at Archi-Technology, I’m constantly learning about something new every day. Like what a “butterfly diagram” is and how it can help better connect buildings and occupants to each other and the world. Or how many miles of cable are still required to enable Wireless Access to the Internet. Or why the full name of the BICSI trade association seems to have nothing to do with its acronym.

Another topic I never gave much thought about prior to this position is Door Hardware and, more specifically, how complicated it can be to select and install the appropriate parts, components and hardware sets that meet the owner’s project requirements. With so many doors in commercial buildings being connected to networked technology systems like Security (think video surveillance) and Door Access (e.g., swipe cards), Door Hardware is anything but old school.

Some of the things that make Door Hardware so complex include:

  • Every door requires numerous hardware sets based on required functionality that can include more than 100+ parts per door. Sets include levers, roses, escutcheons, latches, etc.
  • A project can include hundreds of doors with different functionality combinations that need to be coordinated through each project phase.
  • In addition to functional requirements, aesthetic considerations for finishes add another dimension to specifying products.
  • Door Hardware sets usually need to integrate with low-voltage networked building systems such as Security and Door Access.
  • Access devices such as keys, swipe cards and fobs bring other issues that need to be addressed in planning and carefully coordinated to avoid costly Change Orders.

Originally published in 1999 by Architectural Record, I found this article to be an excellent overview of the myriad issues associated with meeting an owner’s Door Hardware project requirements:

“The Ins and Outs of Door Hardware” by Charles Wardell and Wendy Talarico.

What’s the biggest Door Hardware challenge you’ve ever faced on a project and how did your firm resolve it? Archi-Technology would love to hear your experiences and share advice on this subject.


— Mark Winterstein, Marketing Manager

Archi-Technology Blog: 2014 in Review

AT-Blog-14ReportIt’s been an interesting first six months for me as the new Marketing Manager for Archi-Technology (and its affiliated software company, MasterLibrary™).

Crafting the brand messaging for an independent technology consulting company that doesn’t easily fit into an existing market niche has been challenging, but rewarding, especially as our website has grown in scope and depth.

When friends asked what my new employer does, I used to answer “we make buildings smarter” followed by a  short torrent of techno-babble about core infrastructure and Communications, Life Safety and Automation (CLA) systems.

Now I take a different tact.

We help students learn and enable teachers to become better educators.
We help health-care facilities improve patient outcomes while operating more productively.
We save, inform, educate, entertain, and secure people, places and ideas.

And in between points A and Z, we take care of myriad details about the technology that makes these things possible.

As part of brand development, another responsibility has been to start the company’s blogging efforts to share knowledge and start conversations with clients and colleagues. We’re definitely new to the world of blogging but, hey, you gotta start somewhere.

View Archi-Technnology’s 2014 Blog Report.

Thanks for reading and, as always, we’d love to hear from you.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

—Mark Winterstein, Marketing Director

New K-12 Technology Building Conditions Surveys

Get An Objective Look At Your Districts’ Technology Infrastructure for Smart Schools Planning

TBCS-intro-300x200To help New York State school districts objectively assess their current technology infrastructure and related systems, Archi-Technology LLC, a Rochester-based independent technology consulting firm, introduced its Technology Building Condition Survey (TBCS) service for the K-12 education market.

Officially announced at last month’s New York State School Facilities Organization’s (SBGA) Annual Conference, the service precedes the Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014 that will appear on the November 4 ballot. If passed, the State will borrow $2 billion to invest in K-12 school districts for major technology systems upgrades — including student wireless devices.

Learn more…

Are You Ready for the NYS Smart Schools Bond Act on the Nov. 4 ballot?

ATb-SmartSchools1On Nov. 4, 2014, New York State voters will decide on a $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act that will have a profound impact on the technology infrastructures of every school district in the state. Learn how an objective, experienced technology consultant can help your district maximize available technology funding. Learn more…

Note that propositions appear on the back of all paper ballots so voters will need to turn their ballots over to vote on the Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014.