Angus Council joins Scottish Wide Area Network
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Angus Council has become the latest local authority to join the Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN), the single public services network for the use of all public sector organisations in Scotland.
The council has more than 60 educational and corporate establishments, delivering services to 108,000 residents.
The SWAN service comprises some 63 circuits utilising bandwidths up to one Gb/sec.
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Angus Council joins more than 50 other organisations that are sharing infrastructure and services to help lower costs and improve connectivity across the public sector in Scotland.
Since the framework contract, which is being delivered by Capita IT Enterprise Services, was signed in February 2014, over 3,750 sites and nearly 4,000 circuits have been connected, a core network and operations centre has been constructed.
The team has also received Public Service Network accreditation and achieved ISO27001, recognising international information security best practice.
Mark Armstrong, strategic director of resources at Angus Council, said: “Joining SWAN is a significant step for the council.
“The new network will lead to a greater level of collaboration and sharing across the public sector and Angus will benefit from that functionally in terms of its ambition to be a digital council by 2020.”
Eddie Cronie, managing director of SWAN, said: “The addition of Angus Council to the Scottish Wide Area Network shows that SWAN has become a crucial part of Scotland’s national IT infrastructure.
“For Angus Council, the benefits of SWAN’s economies of scale means that staff will have access to faster, better networking at a reduced cost.”