Angus Council joins SWAN

Angus Council is the latest local authority to sign up to the Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN) for public sector organisations within Scotland.

The council joins over 50 other organisations, which are sharing infrastructure and services, with the aim of lowering costs and improving connectivity across the public sector in Scotland.

Angus 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.

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.”

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