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Facebook announced this week that it is offering every UK high school an Anti-Bullying Ambassador as part of its anti-bullying strategy. Up to 4,500 schools could benefit from the programme, with thousands of teenagers trained as ambassadors. “These students [ambassadors] in schools will help give their peers the tools they need to stay safe and tackle issues such […]
OurSchoolsApp has had a facelift! A new version of OurSchoolsApp is now available via automatic update from Apple App Store or Google Play Store. The latest update includes a new layout, featuring clean new icons for your news, information, calendar and contacts – with backgrounds that match your school or nursery’s branding. Your parents […]
Recent news reports have highlighted the funding issues faced by schools and colleges across the United Kingdom and the significance that additional ‘self-financing’ plays for modern day educational facilities. This worrying state of affairs means that successful fundraising is more important than ever in helping to maintain the satisfactory running of schools. But fundraising events […]
Pupils now spend less time participating in sport and PE in schools than in 2012 According to yesterday’s TES news article ‘Pupils now spend less time participating in sport and PE in schools than pupils did back in 2012, according to the Youth Sport Trust. It’s hardly the legacy the London Olympics was aiming for’. […]
‘Fastest Finger First‘ is back! And this time, in a new twist, we’re drawing a winner each month – rather than each term – so schools are in with a better chance of winning £100 for their coffers! From October 1st, each month a new winner will be announced. Fastest Fingers First is a great […]
What is GDPR? General Data Protection Regulation, (GDPR) is a set of new regulations due to come into force in May next year, which will replace the Data Protection Act (1998). Designed to further improve security around the way data is obtained, handled and shared, organisations will need to review and adjust their processes […]
As technology advances, the move towards a cashless society is becoming ever more real. With children now being given their pocket money electronically through cashless cards and apps, and an increasing number of adults using contactless payments, the onus is on organisations like schools to provide stress-free, easy options when it comes to paying for […]
We talk a lot about the ways in which our products can support schools to improve communications and engage more efficiently with parents, staff and students, but there are also huge benefits to be reaped by nurseries. Nursery schools provide vital early years care, that if not available would mean many parents could not return […]
“Best place I have ever worked with great people and the bosses ain’t bad either!” “I couldn’t think of a better place, I normally flick from job to job but here I don’t want to leave!” “It’s a great place to work and the people are the best and yes even the managers, it’s a […]
It’s those last few manic weeks of term in schools. Teachers are celebrating reports being out and eagerly anticipating the break…whilst parents are struggling to juggle all the necessary end of year dates and appointments, and stressing looking for original ‘Thank you teacher’ gifts. Pupils…well there’s only one thing on their mind – SIX weeks […]
‘My staff love it, my parents love it, I love it’…It’s just worked brilliantly so far’ Listen to what a Headteacher from a primary school in Birmingham has to say about our Call Parents messaging system. Mr Porter, from SS Peter & Paul Catholic Primary talks about how Call Parents has significantly improved communication with […]
This lovely bunch (and some others) from Contact Group are braving the heat and the paint to do the Manchester Colour Run on 1st July, in aid of our chosen charity Alder Hey! Please dig deep and make a donation as it’s a fantastic cause, close to many of our hearts. You can sponsor the team […]
Back in the day, when many of us were enjoying our school years, the only contact parents had with teachers was at parent’s evening. This once-a-year, or bi-annual meeting would sometimes be topped up with a more casual chat at the annual school sports day, prom or concert. Whatever the occasions, the point is, that […]
We are delighted to announce that our Call Parents communication product now features a facility for online payments. This enables you to move to a safer, cashless school payment system where you can easily keep track of what is owed and by whom. From the Call Parents parental engagement platform, you can easily send requests […]
Given that 7 in 10 adults say they use apps, and apps account for 89% of mobile media time, for schools, a parental app is the way forward. Headteacher Mrs Jones from Ysgol Llansteffan in South Wales, who has recently bought OurSchoolsApp couldn’t agree more… OurSchoolsApp – Our personalised app is a fantastic one-stop shop for schools, […]
Each school term, we will be running a ‘Fastest Fingers First’ prize draw for schools who accept a quote from us. It’s an excellent opportunity for us to give back, and to give schools and academies an opportunity to win money to use on something specifically for their school. An unexpected £250 could go a long way […]
If you like to keep up on the latest news and current affairs, then the recent press for term time holidays and truancy will probably not have escaped you. Schools are under increasing pressure to produce results, yet one of their biggest problems is getting children to school in the first place. According to government […]
We are so pleased to have received a prestigious award today via Linking the Locks, in recognition of our commitment to the creation of Apprenticeship opportunities, having placed two apprentices within our Widnes office during the past year. ‘Linking the Locks’ is a joint initiative delivered by Warrington & C0. – Warrington’s partnership for growth, on behalf of Warrington […]
Contact Group is delighted to announce that our chosen charity for support in 2017 is Alder Hey Children’s Charity. The hospital which has recently been rebuilt, was previously an old Victorian building, serving young children from the whole of the North West. However, thanks to the support of the charity, the new ‘Alder Hey In […]
Parents are not being considered enough when it comes to their children’s education. That is the message from the recent PTA UK survey, which questioned parents about their involvement with their youngsters’ schools. Eight out of ten parents wanted to be consulted more, with bullying and the cost of school trips topping the list of […]
Contact Group are delighted to be involved in a local enterprise project to inspire and prepare young people for their future employment. Customer Engagement Manager, Paul Hoinville, is one of a national network of Enterprise Advisers volunteering their time and expertise to make it easier for schools to connect with local employers. Advisers involved in […]
We are delighted to announce that Contact Group has been shortlisted for The Bett Awards 2017, in the ICT Company of the Year category. Recognised as one of the industry’s leading accolades, winning a Bett Award is high on the wish list of all companies promoting innovative educational tools and resources. Each year, the awards […]
We were excited to mark the one year anniversary of our new Widnes office last week by holding a celebratory Open Day. We wanted to give everyone the opportunity to meet us and find out what we do whilst at the same time raising some funds for a cause close to all our hearts – […]
We all lead busy lives and this is certainly true of school – age children too. Fortunately, keeping on top of everything that is going on in our lives and those closest to us has never been easier. Technology really has come to our rescue as we no longer have to rely on diaries, Filofaxes […]
The Contact Group, one of the UK’s market leaders in communication technology and data services have recently secured a new contract with Thurrock Council. Based in Birmingham and Cheshire, The Contact Group supply a number of technology solutions to education institutions and local authorities throughout the UK and Ireland. Their range of products include Looked […]
Next month, following on from our sponsored Sky Dive, we’ll be celebrating our first year at the Widnes office with a very special Open Day. On Friday October 28th our staff will be opening the doors to you between 11 am and 1pm. We have lots of exciting things planned for the event and a […]
A ‘looked after child’ is a child who is looked after by their local authority, also known as a ‘child in care’. This could mean being placed in a children’s home, living with foster parents, with their parents under the supervision of social services or within another residential setting such as a school or secure […]
On Friday 14th October, Contact Group’s Paul Hoinville and Matt Robinson will be taking part in a sponsored sky dive in order to raise funds for our choice of company charity The Who Cares? Trust. Contact Group have been supporting the charity throughout 2016 and the sky dive coincides with the 1 year anniversary of […]
With the summer term about to come to an end, there is no time like the present for schools to review their class communication and data services. Whilst the start of the autumn term seems a long way away, the time will soon come around so it’s essential to make sure all new communication systems […]
Contact Group, one of the UK’s leading providers of communication technology and data services has announced James Harrison as its new Managing Director. With offices in Birmingham and Widnes, Contact Group specialise in providing technology solutions for education institutions throughout the UK and Ireland, enabling them to contact parents and send messages immediately with the […]
Figures released recently revealed that truancy is more prevalent in areas of Northern England than in the South, with children from some deprived northern cities missing up to 3 days of school each without permission last year. Whilst illness accounts for the majority of authorised and unauthorised absences, lateness and religious holidays were also cited […]
There has been much recent discussion about the input of technology in future education and its advantages in the running of schools; the Global Education & Skills Forum (GESF) this year highlighted that technology is only an enabler and must be leveraged to build the capacity of teaching. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair, speaking at […]
Schools have diverse audiences to communicate with – from parents and pupils to governors and members of the local community. All of these audiences will have different needs but by tailoring the message to each audience and keeping everyone up to date, education as a whole can progress. Most people will agree that children perform […]
Have you read our Spring 2016 Newsletter? If not you might have missed out on our latest news including the acquirement of new Local Authority business for our popular Looked After Call product and the announcement of our nominated charity for 2016. Stay up to date with our latest news by reading our Spring 2016 Newsletter and if […]
Britain’s children are not a happy bunch. In a recent report by the Children’s Society, ten to twelve-year-olds in the UK were ranked 14th out of 15 nations for happiness. What is it, then, that is making our youngsters so unhappy? Many charities and organisations put the blame down to fears and worries that simply […]
Contact Group are delighted to announce our choice of company charity for 2016 – The Who Cares? Trust, the leading charity for making a difference to the lives and outcomes of children in care. They support and empower children in care and young care leavers through their engagement programme, including running life skills workshops for […]
According to recent news and weather forecasts, the UK could soon be facing the coldest winter in as many as 58 years, with plummeting temperatures, gales and snow predicted. With such weather expected, there is a good chance that many schools will be forced to shut over the coming months. Although shutting a school will […]
We’re delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting at this year’s Bett Show in London. This annual event is the ideal opportunity for us to showcase our range of class communication and school data products and meet with other industry experts to discover what new technologies are just around the corner. If you are planning […]
As we approach Christmas, many parents will be toying with the idea of buying their children a mobile phone. This is generally considered to be a difficult decision as on the one hand parents want their children to remain safe and be able to keep in touch, but on the other, having a phone gives […]
‘Education matters. You learn. It’s the key to freedom in what you want.’ Definition. Looked After : A child is looked after by a local authority if she/he is “in care” by reason of a court order, or if he is provided with accommodation for more than 24 hours by agreement with his/her parents or […]
We are delighted to announce Rochdale Borough Council have chosen Looked After Call to monitor the assessment and attendance of their 120 looked after children.
“Parents in England who refuse to pay a penalty after their children play truant will have their child benefit docked, the prime minister has said. A civil penalty of up to £120 would be claimed through child benefit if the fine is not paid after 28 days. Currently, 40% of fines go unpaid. David Cameron […]
We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for the Digital Champion category for the Growing Business Awards, in association with Lloyds Bank, supported by Real Business and the CBI. The awards dinner and winners announcement will take place on 26th November 2015. Digital Champion The “Digital Champion” award recognises UK-registered businesses that are challenging traditional industry […]
Cross & Passion College in 10 Moyle Road, Ballycastle, Co Antrim, BT54 6LA is taking a proactive approach to improving communication with parents by installing Call Parents ( www.callparents.com ), from Contact Group, the leading provider of communication systems for schools which facilitates two-way communication between schools and parents. Call Parents allows school staff to send texts, […]
Our Product Manager, Chris Sherwood, is exhibiting at the PASH Conference today in St. Helens. At the conference we will be showcasing the following products: Please come along to learn more about our products and how we can help with your parental communication.
Press release Starts. North Bromsgrove High School and Sixth Form improves parental communication with Call Parents North Bromsgrove in School Drive, Bromsgrove is taking a proactive approach to improving communication with parents by installing Call Parents ( www.callparents.com ), from Contact Group, the leading provider of communication systems for schools which facilitates two-way communication between […]
We are delighted to announce another new contract for the Looked After Call (LAC) team. Trafford Council have chosen LAC to monitor the attendance and assessment progress of their 220 looked after children.
Bullying A bully – ‘a person who uses strength or influence to harm or intimidate those who are weaker: he is a ranting, domineering bully’ Oxford Dictionary. Bullies – ‘Use superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force them to do something: a local man was bullied into helping them’ Oxford Dictionary. What is it […]
A few members of the Contact Group Team did the gruelling London to Brighton bike ride on Sunday for Alder Hey Charity. 06:30 Clapham Common 06.09.15 Sunday morning the day started with bacon sandwiches. The hardest part was Ditchling Beacon, located 7 miles north of Brighton, it is the highest point in East Sussex. It was […]
Classroom Management Classroom management is term mainly used by teachers to describe the action and process of ensuring classroom lessons run smoothly regardless of disruptive behaviour. We all know that to effectively delivery authority, the message needs to be simple, precise and non-negotiable. However, there is a slight taboo these days about the subject of […]
We are pleased to announce Central Bedfordshire Council have chosen Looked After Call to monitor their 180 looked after children. Another new contract for the Looked After Call Team.
The good news continues for Looked After Call – another brand new contract. We have been selected to monitor Warwickshire County Council’s looked after children throughout the UK.
Contact Group had a fantastic day at Rookery Hall Hotel with Events Organised. The day consisted of Archery and Clay Pigeon Shooting, we were put into teams and competed against each other. It was a really fun day with lots of team moral.
The good news continues for Looked After Call – another brand new contract award. After a tendering process we have been selected to monitor London Borough of Redbridge’s looked after children throughout the UK. We look forward to providing the high level of service that is resulting in the incredible growth of this system.
More great news for Looked After Call – another brand new contract award. We have been selected to monitor London Borough of Barking and Dagenham’s looked after children throughout the UK. We look forward to them enjoying the high level of service that is resulting in the incredible growth of this system.
More clients continue to join us in the West Country. South Gloucestershire Council decide on Looked After Call to monitor their Looked After Children and work with their internal data team to ensure a complete picture of their Virtual School roll, whether placed in our out of area.
Education Today featured Contact Group in their article on parental engagement. Calling the shots – Eskdale Academy improves parental engagement with Call Parents. To take a read please click here.
Academy Today have featured Contact Group in their ‘Calling the shots’ article. Please click here to read more: Eskdale Academy improves parental engagement with Call Parents software.
We have been shortlisted for the Technological Infrastructure Award for our Looked After Call product. Looked After Call (LAC) was developed to help Local Authorities and to replace costly manual solutions, LAC draws data directly from each schools’ Management Information System (MIS). Local Authorities can now easily see this critical data for each of their […]
“Vulnerable young people should be allowed to stay in care until they are aged 25.” The government’s children’s commissioner for England. A recent Nottingham University survey of 3,000 children and young adults, found that nearly a third of felt they were forced to fend for themselves too early, that they were not ready to set […]
Eskdale Academy improves parental engagement with Call Parents Eskdale Academy in Eskdale Road, Hartlepool is taking a proactive approach to improving communication with parents by installing Call Parents ( www.callparents.com ), from Contact Group, the leading provider of communication systems for schools which facilitates two-way communication between schools and parents. Call Parents allows school staff to send […]
John our Internal Sales Manager was overwhelmed with the turn out for Class Charts training at Smestow School last week. The training went really well and the school is very excited to start using Class Charts. Class Charts is a classroom management system, which also manages behaviour in the classroom. The product automatically prepares seating […]
The impact of parental involvement on children’s education. In 2007 a research survey was constructed by the Department for Children, Schools and Families to see the impact parental involvement has on children’s education from an early age. The compelling question asked was, ‘How involved do you think you are in your child’s education?’ Around half […]
We are very pleased to announce that Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council has become the 3rd West Midland authority to choose Looked After Call, to help safeguard and monitor the attendance and progress of its looked after children, following a successful pilot of the system in the Autumn and Spring terms.
Reducing Term Time Absence We are in the middle of the half term holiday with the six weeks of summer rapidly approaching. On 1st September 2013 a law was passed, stating that head teachers will be unable to agree leave of absence during term time, unless they are satisfied that they qualify as […]
We are so please to share with you that REGGIE has won an IBX award in the education category. The awards recognise business excellence from across the world – with the finals being held in Dubai – 20th-21st May.
Business and Industry Today have released their Top companies from BETT 2014 and they have named Contact Group as one of their Top 20. The publication promotes, trustworthy and reliable companies, quality products and services that may be of some interest to their readers.
Technology and Apps are modifying teacher’s day to day lives. They can be used to engage students and aid in the production of interesting lessons. Evidently it has allowed students to become more independent in the classroom, they can research anything online and applying their relevant findings, showcasing their analytical skills. The Guardian recently released an article […]
Since the schooling system started by Queen Victoria in 1880, students have had to listen and learn throughout the whole year at school and then revise for their exams. This provides assessment on the children that are progressing or deteriorating, the geniuses of this world and the ones that may need some extra tutoring. It […]
On 24th April 2015 LookedAfterCall are attending the Capita Conference – Children Missing Education, at the Copthorne Tara Hotel in London. We will be promoting our new product DataCall. DataCall provides you with your students’ attendance, behaviour and assessment data. It does this by using a series of dashboards and monitoring the performance of the […]
With it being exam time for many students’, revision and exam technique are key to scoring you those high marks. The first thing to do is read, read carefully, the entire exam paper. Spend a good ten minutes reading before you write anything. During this time, work out which questions you are going to answer […]
We are delighted to announce that Walsall MBC have joined a number of other local authorities in choosing Looked After Call from Contact Group to monitor the attendance and attainment of its 400+ looked after children. Looked After Call monitors looked after children’s attendance and assessment progress, both in and out of area. Using our calling team […]
It’s coming to that time of the year again, in just two months, the life defining GCSE and A Level exams will be under way. This might sound like a very long time away but I can assure you – it comes around quickly. How you learn and how you revise differs for every […]
Independent Education Today released this months supplement which features Contact Group and a number of our products. The Information Game is an article based on how MIS systems are revolutionising the way schools, collect, store and share data. It stresses how our products save Schools’ valuable administration time and how many products are actually available for […]
We have some fantastic news to share with you. Rutland County Council have chosen Looked After Call to monitor the attendance and attainment of their looked after children. Looked After Call monitors looked after children’s attendance and assessment progress, both in and out of area. Using our calling team and automatic data collection, Looked After […]
We are delighted to announce that after initially signing a 3 year agreement to monitor out of county children using Looked After Call, Herefordshire have now extended the contract to include the full cohort. Looked After Call monitors the attendance and attainment of 175 students in 88 schools of which 61 use Looked After Call’s automatic […]
The Education magazine has published an article by Stephen Clarke, Managing Director, Contact Group, on the increased pressure being put upon Local Authorities to close the attainment and progress gap between looked after children and their peers, to create a culture of high aspirations, promoting their educational achievements and provide them with access to a […]
Education Technology magazine have published an article by the Headteacher of St Mary’s Primary School, Mary Harbinson, explaining how she installed our Call Parents product to improve school – home communications. They had a website, ran parents evenings and also ran a parent club but they felt that they could do more. They setup a […]
QA Education have published an article that explains how Hillocks Primary School have used our Truancy Call software to improve pupil attendance. They have improved attendance from 92% (below the National Expectation of 95%) to 96% with a range of strategies and policies to engage with the hard to reach parents. These included rewards, prizes […]
Education Magazine has published an article by Stephen Clarke, Managing Director of Contact Group, in about the recent announcement from Ofsted earlier this year to conduct impromptu behaviour inspections in schools deemed a ‘cause for concern’ by Ofsted itself, parents, the local authority and as a result of reports on exclusions or attendance. It cites research […]
This morning we were informed that Reggie® been named as finalist for IBX Award in the Education category – fantastic news. “The International Business Excellence Awards recognise business excellence and celebrate exceptional initiatives by teams from across the world and individual professionals in 33 categories across sectors and disciplines. Each category has been meticulously developed […]
Tablets and smartphones are gadgets that have become a necessity rather than a matter of convenience in our everyday lives. They have totally transformed society, the education system and have even started to prove that they are the future of workplace learning. Mobiles and tablets help incorporate resources anytime anywhere, in order to deliver meaningful performance […]
Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by Insafe. It happens in February of every year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world. The UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three UK charities who reach out to thousands of […]
In a new report from the Anti-Bullying Alliance, 1 in 3 children suffer from bullying. Sometimes there isn’t even a reason as to why someone bullies another. It could be jealousy, insecurity, religion, popularity and even the type of background. Bullies may seem confident but they actually feel inferior to others, thus causing them to […]
Lisa and Martyn from our Looked After Call Team attended the Capita ‘Improving Outcomes for Looked After Children’ conference on the 30th January. With the rising number and the increasing cost of children in or returning to care, our National Improving Outcomes for Looked After Children Conference is aptly timed to examine the provision of […]
With the recent snow hitting the north of the UK, many of our schools / academies have been using our CallParents product to send emails and texts to parents, to announce school closures. However as blizzards hit parts of the US, Head of School at Moses Brown School, Matt Glendinning, announced a snow day in […]
We have just returned from our stand at the BETT 2015 exhibition. BETT is the world’s leading learning technology event and has been bringing innovation and inspiration to the education sector for over 30 years. The event attracts +35,000 professionals within the industry and has been celebrated for over 30 years. We were showcasing all […]
Lisa, Mark and Martyn from our LAC Team attended the Virtual Head Teachers’ Conference in Manchester on January 15th 2015 to show our Looked After Call product to the attendees. Looked After Call monitors looked after children’s attendance and assessment progress, both in and out of area. Using our calling team and automatic data collection, […]
The Daily Express has found that almost one in three 15-year-olds admit to having used technology to send a naked picture of themselves. The alarming revelation comes as it emerges that the number of child victims of cyber bullying has doubled within the last year. As more and more children regularly use the internet they […]
Contact Group are proud to be supporting the new Christmas single “Christmas You, Christmas Me,” fundraising in aid of MS-UK and the Alder Hay Children’s Charity. All proceeds will go to these charities. Anything your school or organisation can do to help this fundraising by promoting this song would be greatly appreciated by Contact Group […]
Anti-Bullying Week provides an opportunity for us to talk openly about the effects of bullying on the lives of children and young people and take action to stop it. The best schools are rarely those that say ‘we have no bullying here’; rather they are schools that take positive steps to prevent bullying for ALL […]
Contact Group is a finalist in the BETT 2015 Awards – ICT Company of the Year (between £1-10m turnover).Posted: 10/11/14
Contact Group, leading provider of communication, payment and data services for schools and local authorities, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the BETT 2015 Awards – ICT Company of the Year – Between £1m and 10m Turnover. Considered by many as the most esteemed accolade in the industry, the Bett Awards provide a showcase […]
Looked After Call product helps Virtual School Heads in LAs meet requirements of DfE directive, promoting the education of Looked After ChildrenPosted: 30/10/14
eLearningNews.net has published an article showing how the Ofsted-ready assessment reports on looked after children (LACs) can be accessed in real-time by Virtual School Heads (VSH) in local authorities using Looked After Call from Contact Group – a management information system (MIS) for monitoring looked after children which now features a brand new Assessment Module. […]
Ofsted-ready assessment reports from Contact Group help Virtual School Heads in LAs meet requirements of DfE directive promoting the education of Looked After ChildrenPosted: 23/10/14
Dash.com has posted an article on how the Contact Group’s Looked After Call software now has Ofsted-ready assessment reports which help Virtual School Heads in LAs meet requirements of DfE directive promoting the education of Looked After Children; http://www.24dash.com/news/education/2014-10-21-Ofsted-ready-assessment-reports-from-Contact-Group-help-Virtual-School-Heads-in-LAs-meet-requirements-of-DfE-directive-promoting-the-education-of-Looked-After-Children Ofsted-ready assessment reports on looked after children (LACs) can be accessed in real-time by Virtual School […]
John Roberts shares his views on how schools can drive positive behaviour in the classroom using a reward systemPosted: 22/10/14
Education Technology has published John Robert’s blog on Reward System and driving positive behaviour. Ofsted’s recent report entitled Below the radar: low-level disruption in the country’s classrooms, stated that, “Too many school leaders, especially in secondary schools, underestimate the prevalence and negative impact of low-level disruptive behaviour and some fail to identify or tackle it […]
Congratulations to GSD, who won a Gold Stevie award for their Reggie App which we sell. The Stevie® Awards are the world’s premier business awards. They were created in 2002 to honour and generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and working professionals worldwide. More than 3,500 nominations from organizations in […]
Ealing is another local authority who have started using Looked After Call to monitor its 200 children who are in care, both in and out of the area. The virtual school head is able to view reports on attendance and assessment, which is updated daily, so they know they have the latest information to hand. […]
Medway Council has recently chosen Looked After Call to help with the monitoring of over 220 children in 115 schools both in and out of area. Virtual School Head Betty Earl, from Medway Council, required a solution that gave real time attendance and assessment, while reducing the burden on schools to respond and ensuring data security was […]
Once again, Contact Group has been selected as a finalist for the Education Investor Awards in the Technological Infrastructure category.