Touchscreens with high standards and data security and privacy in the classroom
The Dutch IT and education company Prowise will equip 15,000 classrooms in seven German federal states with large screens over the next four years. This will give an enormous boost to digitalisation in schools in Germany. The contract was awarded after a European tender by the German cooperative ProVitako, which consists exclusively of public IT service providers. The contract is worth around 45 million euros and is also eligible for subsidies. The new interactive whiteboards will be installed over the next four years in around 500 schools in the German states of Berlin and Brandenburg through our partner ARKTIS IT solutions. and in North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony, Bavaria, Saxony and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania by Prowise itself.
In addition to the good price-performance ratio and the high level of reliability, the decisive factor for the awarding of the contract was above all the compliance with the required high standards for data security and data protection. As in previous years, Prowise received the seal of approval for data security "IT-Grundschutz" from the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) in 2023.
"Hardly a week goes by that we don't win a tender," says Prowise CSO Liesbeth Ahrens. The fact that the ProVitako cooperative has chosen Prowise again and to this extent makes her and the team very proud. "We are very pleased to be able to further develop this sustainable cooperation with ProVitako. The fact that such a progressive and large cooperative as ProVitako has placed its trust in us, proves that our philosophy is right when it comes to price, quality, sustainability and user-friendliness. Software updates, for example, run via our own servers in Germany," assures Ahrens. "We thus prove time and time again that we are the most reliable and secure education solution on the market."
Managing Director Michael Ahrens: "In today's world, data security is one of the most important quality requirements for an IT product. We see that our vision of data protection and security is accepted by the German education system. There is no other touchscreen supplier in the education market that can show the same independent certifications for data protection and security as Prowise. The certified products and services are fully developed, monitored and maintained by our own staff."
A step forward in the digitisation of education
"ProVitako has been pooling the procurement needs of its members for many years, achieving greater reach with each new award. Especially in the school sector, the demand is still very high, as shown by the procurement project "Modulbaukasten Schul-IT" just launched by ProVitako. Here, our members discuss the framework conditions necessary for procurement in dialogue with each other and formulate uniform performance specifications for the equipment features. With Prowise, we have gained a partner in the "presentation technology" module who has a great deal of experience in the education segment and provides a reliable digital infrastructure for teachers and pupils. Data protection and IT security, as well as a cost-effective offer of the requested features, are success factors for a cooperation with ProVitako," affirms the board of the cooperative.
Prowise continues to grow
Liesbeth Ahrens: "Prowise continues to grow and will continue to do so. The 26 countries we do business with all have the digitisation of education high on their agenda. If you look at our growth since the founding in 2009, you see a constant strong rising line. The number of screens sold increased by 25% in 2022 compared to 2021. In 2023, we could see a constant growth of at least 20%, and that's still without the order from ProVitako. The forecast for next year is even better.