A £ 5.8 million deal with Glasgow City Council for CCTV and traffic monitoring services has been secured by COMMSWORLD.
Commsworld, based in Edinburgh, will build, maintain and support a new fiber network to support the delivery of services across the city – a step described as essential to the aspirations of Glasgow’s smart city.
The new network would have citywide infrastructure for Internet of Things (IoT) technology and 5G networks.
It is expected that the single-seller deal, which starts this month, will represent a major step forward in giving Glasgow significant benefits and providing the city council with state-of-the-art technology capabilities to make more informed data decisions and provide more effective, tailored services.
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The availability of high-speed backhaul fiber capacity is key to this, which will help accelerate the rollout of 5G across the region, “significantly accelerating the reach of 5G across all areas of Glasgow and reducing the digital divide.”
A number of IoT sensor-enabled automation systems will also be supported by Commsworld, including noise monitoring, emissions monitoring, pedestrian flow measurement, building control, flood and water management.
“Together with our digital partner CGI, we look forward to delivering a world-class, state-of-the-art digital network for Glasgow, a network that can bring the city one step closer to becoming a global smart city.”We look forward to delivering a world-class, state-of-the-art digital network for Glasgow together with our digital partner CGI, a network that can bring the city one step closer to becoming a global smart city.
Commsworld will look after digital education and economic transformation in the city by recruiting an apprentice, offering a mentoring program for digital skills and providing internships for people from technologically deprived backgrounds in another aspect of the agreement.
As an indigenous Scottish company, Mr. Nicol said, “As an indigenous Scottish company, we want to help bridge the growing digital divide between rich and poor and bring real equity to cities like Glasgow. This is especially the case in this time of job insecurity caused by the Covid 19 pandemic. We firmly believe that offering apprenticeships, internships and mentoring opportunities will create a ripple effect that will, in turn, create a workforce in Scotland that is equipped for the digital future and fill our digital skills gaps.”
Angus Millar, Chair of the Digital Glasgow Board, said, “We recognize the important role our digital infrastructure plays in the smooth running of Glasgow, which in turn impacts the city’s prosperity and productivity.” At the same time, as part of a £ 10.5 million initiative, SSE Enterprise Telecoms announced plans to link 22 public sector sites in the city of Aberdeen.