Posts Tagged ‘smart cities’

FarrPoint helps secure a total of £28.5m for full-fibre funding for local networks

Monday, March 26th, 2018

IT, telecoms and infrastructure consultancy FarrPoint has provided vital consultancy services that has led to successful bids to fund full-fibre connectivity in the Highland Council and Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) regions, with a combined value of £28.5 million.

The authorities were awarded the funding by the Government in the Chancellor’s spring statement as part of the £190M Challenge Fund to promote the roll out of full-fibre to local areas. (more…)

Collaboration plus investment can boost broadband

Monday, May 30th, 2016

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Scotland has set a target to achieve 95 per cent coverage of superfast broadband across the country by 2017 with a £410 million investment from public subsidy and supplier contributions. Progress is being made towards this objective with three initiatives in place, however it is the final 5 per cent of coverage that will prove difficult. Achieving the projected 10Mbps speeds as part of the planned USO will be an improvement for some rural premises but will not be enough longer term as the low benchmark does not suggest a future-proof infrastructure. Superfast broadband speeds should be the minimum target for most rural areas in line with the rest of the country. This was echoed by the recent First Minister’s commitment for universal superfast broadband by the end of the next parliament.

The newly appointed Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing, has a tough job ahead of him to connect rural Scotland and ensure penetration levels in line with the rest of the UK. Scotland has unique issues with a difficult geography and dispersed population. These issues can only be overcome successfully by building on current initiatives and refining a cohesive strategy nationwide to strengthen collaboration between private investors, suppliers, councils and government agencies.
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The streets are paved with code

Monday, May 9th, 2016

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Recently the Mayoral candidates went head to head debating their visions for the digital future of the capital. All of the candidates demonstrated an understanding of the current problems and indicated commitment to progressing tech and connectivity in London. Both the front-runners have stated that connectivity is as important as water supply. This is commendable but with such a huge task ahead of them what should the successful candidate focus on? Here at Farrpoint we have years of experience in what makes a city smart and what you need to have in place in order to get there. If it’s done right the economic and social benefits are huge.
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Scotland’s future cities

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

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We may not have flying cars or even hover boards as predicted in Back to the Future II, but Scotland is making significant strides with its futuristic smart city initiatives.

A smart city is one that improves the quality of life, increases sustainability and creates economic benefits using digital technology. With a predicted seven billion people living in urban areas by 2050, it is becoming more important to implement sustainable resources, and technology is the key catalyst for this change.

There is so much data currently available from commuters buying tickets through to people connecting to public Wi-Fi and data generation is set to accelerate. Councils are now looking to consolidate this data, adopt open data strategies and enable a cross-departmental view of council operations to better inform decision making.
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