Network provider Commsworld has gained a £5.8m contract from Glasgow City Council (GCC) to transform digital systems across the city.
The Edinburgh-headquartered firm will install, manage, and support a new full-fibre network delivering CCTV and traffic control services across the city, replacing GCC’s ageing legacy networks and supporting Internet of Things (IoT) tech and 5G network capabilities.
GCC said the contract will deliver ‘significant benefits’ for residents and offer more efficient and targeted services for Glasgow.
Commenting on the award, Ricky Nicol, Chief Executive of Commsworld, said: “We are delighted that Glasgow City Council has put its faith in Commsworld and the high-quality service which we provide.
“Together with our digital partner CGI we look forward to delivering a state of the art, a world-class digital network for Glasgow, a network that can move it a step closer to becoming a global Smart City.
“We have a proven track record in providing resilient, robust full-fibre capabilities through our Optical Core Network. Through this network, we can build, manage and monitor a system that fully meets the 21stcentury needs of Glasgow’s councillors and residents.”
GCC also announced that Commsworld will deliver 5G implementation across Glasgow, as well as supporting “a range of IoT sensor-enabled automation”, including flood and water management, noise-monitoring, pollution monitoring, and building management.
Councillor Angus Millar, Chair 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.”
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This new Glasgow contract is the latest win for Commsworld, who has already seen gains this year in Scotland and across the UK.
In July this year, the company announced the awarding of a £15 million contract by Renfrewshire Council to upgrade digital connectivity and services across the region.
The infrastructure improvements boosted schools, libraries, and community centres as well as the region’s CCTV and traffic control systems.
The council green-lit 74 actions in November 2018 to support the strategy’s digital goal, including the implementation of smart -city infrastructure and investment in 5G mobile technology.