Council wins global AWS award


Peterborough City Council has won the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Global Public Sector Smart City Award.

The win comes with a prize of $25,000 (£16,000) worth of promotional credits that can be used to offset Peterborough’s AWS cloud infrastructure costs.

Peterborough City Council uses the AWS Cloud as the central hub for integrating data from weather stations, smart energy meters, connected devices installed in the city, people’s homes, and automated libraries with council’s core applications.

Peterborough recently won the World Smart City Congress where they won ‘Smart City of the Year’ award, beating Moscow, Dubai and Singapore to the title.

Data driven

New technologies are enabling the council to make smarter, data driven and digitally enabled decisions which could have an enormous positive impact on the city and its people.

In addition, the AWS solution for Peterborough, which is deployed and supported by Arcus Global, provides increased flexibility in services, ease of access for remote users, reduces the council’s infrastructure burden and makes future changes fast and economical. The project has already delivered significant savings for the council, by improving resilience, facilitating mobile working for legacy applications and made the authority more environmentally friendly.

“For Peterborough, we put our citizens and their challenges at the heart of our mission, and to deliver on that mission, we’ve embarked on a journey to be one of the world’s top ‘smart cities,” said John Harrison, corporate director of resources, Peterborough City Council.

“We focus on innovation, skills for the future, open data, and smart businesses, and cloud technology is a key enabler of each of these. We’ve partnered with Arcus Global to design and implement an enterprise-wide platform that is delivering digital transformation across the entire council by breaking down traditional silos, replacing back-end systems and improving visibility across all city services.”

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