Budel-based Prowise, a Dutch IT and education company, announced that it has secured a contract to provide large screens to classrooms in several German federal states. The initiative aims to enhance digitalisation in schools across Germany.
The contract, valued at nearly €45M, was granted through a European tender by ProVitako, a German cooperative of public IT service providers. Prowise’s project will involve installing interactive whiteboards in nearly 15,000 classrooms over the next four years.
The screens will be distributed through partnerships with ARKTIS IT solutions in Berlin and Brandenburg, and directly by Prowise in North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony, Bavaria, Saxony, and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
Prowise says it was awarded the contract based on a compelling price-performance ratio, reliability, and strict adherence to data security and protection standards. They hold the “IT-Grundschutz” seal of approval from the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) for their commitment to data security.
Liesbeth Ahrens, CSO of Prowise, says, “Hardly a week goes by that we don’t win a tender. 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.”
Managing Director Michael Ahrens adds, “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,” adds Ahrens.
Brief about Prowise
Prowise offers digital learning solutions for schools, and prioritises innovation, quality, and reliability. The company’s offerings include touchscreens, devices, and user-friendly software that improves learning accessibility and effectiveness.
The Dutch company has served over 20,000 schools, 500,000 teachers, and businesses across 26 countries. Operating in Germany since 2011, Prowise employs 240 professionals in the Benelux and Germany.
Ahrens says, “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 our founding in 2009, you see a constant strong rising line.”
“The number of screens sold increased by 25 per cent in 2022 compared to 2021. In 2023, we could see a constant growth of at least 20 per cent, and that’s still without the order from ProVitako. The forecast for next year is even better,” adds Ahrens.
ProVitako is a German cooperative named “ProVitako Marketing- und Dienstleistungsgesellschaft der Kommunalen IT-Dienstleister eG”.
With 42 members, the company focuses on achieving economic benefits for public municipal IT service providers through collective procurement and a unified product and service offering.
This cooperative effort enhances the efficiency of public IT services by jointly acquiring hardware, software, and services. Members utilise framework agreements to serve their own needs or provide support to public administration entities like municipalities and related institutions.
“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,” says the board of the cooperative.
“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,” adds the board of the cooperative.
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