Derbyshire to get online

Wednesday 4 March 2009

Derbyshire to get online

Derbyshire County Council facilitated to provide ‘Internet access for all’ in pioneering social inclusion project.

Carillion IT Services* today announced it has been appointed by Derbyshire County Council to enable the entire population of Derbyshire to get online via community access points based in libraries, community centres and residential homes for children and the elderly, over the council’s existing Wide Area Network (WAN). This project, the first of its kind to be undertaken on such a large scale, will provide everyone in Derbyshire, regardless of age or social background, with a gateway to the information society via public Internet access points, as a means of social inclusion.

Following a successful 12 month pilot, Carillion IT Services* have installed and enabled wireless Internet access in 106 access points across Derbyshire, with plans to roll out the service into further sites in the future.

Council employees will also be able to connect to the Internet and council network wirelessly using laptops to access documents and back office systems. This ‘location independent working’ for the council’s staff will create a more mobile, flexible and environmentally friendly way of working. The wireless equipment has been configured by Carillion IT Services* to guarantee the security of council information and systems, with wireless transmitters being installed across over 100 council buildings. The system can also detect and block any unauthorised access. The wireless infrastructure designed by Carillion IT Services* will support several thousand registered council users.

Cliff York, Assistant Director at Derbyshire County Council, commented: “I believe that this ground-breaking wireless Internet access project will contribute significantly towards greater social inclusion for underprivileged members of our community. It will now be possible to access information on jobs, training, health and council services via convenient, evenly dispersed access points across Derbyshire.” He continued, “Carillion IT Services* have worked closely with us on this project, delivering a pioneering solution which has helped to make our vision for ‘free Internet access for all’ a reality”.

Noel McNulty, Managing Director of Carillion IT Services*, said “Carillion IT Services* has been Derbyshire County Councils’ technology partner of choice since 2003 and working so closely with them on this ground-breaking social inclusion project has further enhanced our strong relationship. The successful implementation of secure Internet access on such a wide scale is a great feat, which will ultimately deliver real and positive change to the people of Derbyshire, as well as Derbyshire County Councils’ staff.”

*Carillion IT Services* Ltd is now trading as Capita IT Services as of 01/07/09.

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