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Commsworld to steer Glasgow’s Smart City plan


Glasgow: Making moves towards a Smart City

Commsworld, the UK’s largest independent network provider, is to upgrade the CCTV and traffic control network in Glasgow as part of a £5.8 million contract with the city council.

The company will replace an ageing legacy network and improve the monitoring of issues such as noise and pollution, as well as  flood and water management.

Ricky Nicol, chief executive of Commsworld, said the network can move Glasgow closer to becoming a global Smart City.

Councillor Angus Millar, chairman of the Digital Glasgow board, said: “We recognise the vital role that our digital infrastructure plays in the smooth running of Glasgow, which in turn impacts on the city’s prosperity and productivity.

“Working closely with Commsworld, we are firmly committed to enabling a CCTV and traffic control system that makes Glasgow’s road network more efficient, while at the same time bringing quality job opportunities to our city.”

EE partners government in rural 4G link-up

EE has partnered with the Scottish Government and the Home Office to bring 4G to some of Scotland’s most rural locations for the first time.

Strathconon, Blairmore and Reawick have been connected to 4G, with a further 32 locations across rural Scotland to follow.

These sites are all part of the Scottish Government’s £25 million Scottish 4G Infill programme (S4GI) which is delivering 4G infrastructure and services in so-called ‘not-spots’ in rural Scotland, providing 4G connectivity to areas which previously had no coverage.

Delivered by the S4GI programme and connected as part of EE’s Emergency Service Network partnership with the Home Office, the new sites will provide vital connectivity in some of Scotland’s most rural areas.

Strathconon (pic: Scottish Futures Trust)

Scottish Emergency Services and Mountain Rescue will be able to access a reliable 4G mobile service for the first time, as well as residents, visitors and businesses.

Little Mill (Highland) is the next location due to benefit from 4G, with more sites across the Highlands and Islands, Aberdeenshire, Morayshire, Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders set to be connected in the next six months.

By the summer of 2023, the Scottish Government’s S4GI programme is anticipated to deliver up to 40 masts, including the Emergency Service Network roll-out. In Strathconon, 69 homes and businesses are now receiving mobile coverage from this network.

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