IoT solutions and services provider North has been awarded a £7 million contract to transform digital connectivity and network security for York City Council.
York’s municipal buildings and schools will now benefit from a digital transformation contract that puts flexible working, security and connectivity at the heart of operations.
The contract will see North work with York City Council on its mission to future-proof its facilities by enabling faster and more secure access to digital services in accordance with post-pandemic requirements.
York City Council has extended its contract with North, using it to provide a fully managed service to 27 local authority schools in addition to the Council’s Corporate Estate.
This is a significant victory for North and will be North’s second 10-year managed service contract with York City Council.
Digital transformation services within the project will oversee the installation of a range of security measures across the network, new digital tools to enable monitoring of internal and external threats, and faster and more flexible Wi-Fi to support a more secure work environment. combined.
With these transformational changes, local schools will be able to improve their learning environments and be able to operate more efficiently.
The project places security at the heart of the Council’s operations, both in corporate workplaces and educational establishments, to ensure a safe environment following increased use of online services and flexible working policies during the pandemic.
Councilor Nigel Ayre, Executive Member for Finance and Performance of the York City Council, said: “Our digital infrastructure has transformed multiple municipal services, improving efficiency, effectiveness and informed decision-making. It helped us adapt very quickly to the pandemic, allowing us to continue to work safely as we supported residents and businesses while they had to work from home.
“York’s connectivity is helping to attract investment and jobs to the city, supporting the city’s recovery from the pandemic and helping us address the city’s challenges of the 21st century with innovative smart technology. This has led us to use technology to help us meet challenges in a wide range of areas of transportation, social care and making the city an even better place to live and work.
“This long-term investment will help further improve City Council services and we look forward to continuing our groundbreaking work with North in the months and years to come.”
Mark Lowe, Director of Business Development for North, said: “We are committed to bringing the best transformative technology to the York City Council and Schools, and our significant contract win with the Council is indicative of the partnership we have established over several years.
“Digital services have become the essential foundation for delivering enhanced public services across local government with a blended online approach now commonly adapted in workplaces. Therefore, to ensure that businesses can operate effectively, these structures must be kept up to date and secure.
“North will ensure that the most advanced infrastructure is in place across the City of York’s heritage and local schools, facilitating a hybrid approach to working that is tailored to the needs of the Council for years to come, while also improves the educational environment for students.
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