STANDARDS BIT has established standard practices for development, processing and services
  • Rules and regulations are essential to any well managed organization. Standards are valuable to our clients because of the cost savings, faster support and reliable technology infrastructure. They serve to establish uniform practices and common techniques used as guidelines to measure performance.

    For example, with one standard email system, a small number of administrators can maintain a system supporting all of state government. If the state had two email systems, the number of administrators and support staff would double with no corresponding benefit in functionality. The same principle applies to system designs, writing programs and setting up operations in a data processing center. All of which require certain individual skills, standard policies, procedures and equipment.

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  • Vendors who are actively pursuing IT business opportunities with the State of South Dakota must also comply with the Information Technology Security Policy. For security purposes, this content is not for public consumption, however a modified version is available for you here.
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  • Development >
    Analysis, design, programming, implementation and maintenance of the state’s information systems.
  • Data Center >
    Provides enterprise computer processing services for state government agencies, higher education, constitutional offices and the Unified Judicial System (UJS)..
  • Telecommunications >
    Provides all support for hardware/software, Active Directory accounts required for access to network, telephone access, videoconferencing, and more.


Standards List: Adaptive Technology

Braille Device: Embosser
The Department of Human Services has made a Statement of Assurance to provide comparable access for individuals with disabilities. In compliance with the ADA, which makes it unlawful to discriminate in employment against a qualified individual with a disability, employers must reasonably accommodate the disabilities of qualified applicants or employees, unless undue hardship would result.

  • BIT will set standards for assistive devices
  • Telecommunications will set standards for the support of devices.
  • Bureau of Personnel will set standards for training employees with disabilities in the use of standard devices.

This technology will be applied to individual computers as new technology. This technology will be available to all employees requiring assistive technology.

Criteria for selection included:
  • Avaiable features
  • Ease of use
  • Windows Vista/7/8.x compatible
  • Training and tutorials available
  • Technical support available
  • Cost comparison based on features

ViewPlus VP EmBraille
ViewPlus EmBraille Embosser is a lightweight and compact device. ViewPlus devices use a standard Windows print driver to place text and/or grahics into Microsoft products like Word and Excel. Also available is a Tiger Software Suite that gives you advanced translation and emobossing tools.

Technical Specifications:
  • Single side printing at speeds up to 25 CPS.
  • Tactile Resolution: 17DPI
  • Tactile Graphic Dot Heights: Variable for color representation.
  • Braille Dot Heights: Adjustable in 3 heights.
  • Paper Width: 3 to 8.5 inches.
  • Paper Type: Continuous, single-sheet feeder
  • Paper Weight: 30 to 108 lb
  • Connection: USB (1.1 and 2.0)
  • Height: 6.25 inches
  • Width: 14.13 inches
  • Depth: 11.2 inches
  • Weight: 11 pounds
  • Warranty: 1 year standard

Last Updated: 06/20/2016
Last Reviewed: 07/30/2020