Digital Dakota Network (DDN)-Videoconferencing Services

The Digital Dakota Network (DDN) is a fully equipped digital videoconferencing network designed to help South Dakotans overcome the remote geographical challenges within our state.

Primarily designed for distance education, DDN video systems have been placed in every public school district and nearly every high school throughout South Dakota. Many communities may have multiple systems where utilization is heaviest. Other educational sites that connect with DDN are the state’s Universities, State Technical Institutes, tribal schools, private schools, and even health care facilities that provide outreach training.

Videoconference connections are not limited just to South Dakota or traditional education users.  Special educational events are often scheduled through DDN to give all South Dakota public schools an affordable option to bring in outside programs or speakers. Examples of such use are classroom sessions from: NASA, the US Forest Service, the Badlands National Forest, Mt. Rushmore, the Keystone Mammoth Site, the outdoor campus and coming soon educational sessions from the Sioux Falls Great Plains Zoo.

Non-education users include State Government, non-profit organizations, for-profit businesses and other clubs/organizations. (Fee’s may apply for profit/non-profit users)

What are the benefits of using this type of network conferencing system?
There are many benefits to using the DDN for conferences in-state, out-of-state and around the world.
  • Minimizes travel time.
  • Reduces meeting expenses.
  • Increases productivity.
  • Intra/Interstate and global connections.
  • Connects communities.
  • Bridging services for multipoint videoconferencing.
  • K-12 classes can interact with students from across the state and world.

Statistics
700 video conference units registered to the state server
15,000 videoconferences held statewide: FY 14 (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014)
18,500 hours of videoconferences held (FY 14)

Combined Services
DDN systems can be interconnected to maximize videoconferencing efficiency through increased geographic coverage. For example, a motivational speaker from Japan could be brought in via the interstate system and routed to any of the receive sites. Conversely, a locally originated program could be sent to almost anywhere in the world.

How to obtain the service:
DDN staff can be reached from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CT) Monday through Friday by calling (605) 773-3333 for scheduling or technical assistance. Technical help line is 800-567-8345 and is staffed during all conference hours.
          Website information located at http://bit.sd.gov/ddn/
          Online scheduling form http://bit.sd.gov/ddn/forms.aspx

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