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

Closed Circuit Television: Desktop
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

Merlin HD
The Merlin HD is the next generation in desktop video magnifiers. The Merlin HD includes an integrated 22 or 24 inch flat panel monitor with an auto focus Sony HD camera and simple easy to use built-in controls that move with the HD monitor screen. The user can pivot and adjust the height of the screen to the most comfortable viewing position.

  • HD camera
  • High resolution HD LCD flat panel for best image quality
  • Built-in controls that move with the screen
  • True/vivid natural colors for viewing photos, crafts, etc.
  • Automatic focus
  • 22 or 24 inch screen sizes for the same price
  • Screen pivots, tilts and swivels in all directions
  • Raise and lower screen for optimal height
  • Adjustable brightness control with the built-in energy efficient, long lasting LED lighting
  • Four standard viewing modes with 3 pre-set color select modes
  • Wide range of adjustable magnification options:
    • 2.8X – 57.8X on the 24 inch monitor (16:9 aspect ratio)
    • 3.2X – 64.7X on the 22 inch monitor (16:10 aspect ratio)
  • Fully assembled one piece unit
  • 3 year warranty on complete unit

Last Updated: 02/26/2014
Last Reviewed: 07/30/2020