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San and IP network drive efficiencies at Bromsgrove

Bromsgrove District Council has radically upgraded its IT infrastructure. The council says that the investment will lead to further improved public services, significant cost reductions as well as productivity and efficiency benefits for council staff.

 

As part of the initiative, IT supplier NextiraOne has refurbished the council’s entire IT infrastructure, implementing a new internet protocol network, unified data and voice communications; and allowing for wireless networking.

 

The council implemented the new infrastructure as part of what it says was a need to rise to the challenge of meeting the E-government agenda. A growing population within the district also saw an increasing demand for online access to local services. To this end, the council has deployed an IP telephony system encompassing wireless networking, a disaster recovery and business continuity strategy, storage area network (San) and system security platforms.

 

Deborah Poole, head of e-government and customer services, Bromsgrove District Council, says, “We need to provision for business continuity in case of any unforeseen issues and work flexibly, allowing staff to gain access to centrally-held information wherever they are. We chose NextiraOne due to its track record in local government and its ability to see beyond conventional communications boundaries.”

 

Recognising that technology is an enabler for improved service and efficiency, the council’s commitment to IT will likely lead to further improvements to public services.

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