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Thursday, June 23, 2016


WORLD TRAVELLER: AWS SUMMIT held in Washington USA, note PCC logo between New York Public Library (they still have them) and Utah Gov...  Clocking up the Air Miles.....


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We thought the good citizens of Peterborough, suffering under a continuing massive budget deficit, with council services being pared back, and those senior citizens taken off the 'meals on wheel' run and others watching the jungle grass grow around their feet (on cost grounds) might like to read how the runaway uncapped (possibly astronomical) costs (all calculated in US $$$$$$$)  of providing a simple computing service to the CITY is being pushed thorough at breakneck speed, and driven by a Cambridge based firm. 

It matters little that some PCC councillors cannot cope with even basic computing and still demand copious amounts of paper documents -which are seldom read) this mega expensive pile of old nonsense is reproduced (BELOW)  in full.

The FULL press release (never intended for public consumption but a select 'nerdy' audience) issued by an IT firm in Cambridge trumpeting their huge win, clearly more business will be heading towards Cambridge firms over the next few months... this all relates to the PCC recklessly exporting your personal data to the USA, on a cloud based computing system run by Amazon but based in Las Vegas.

We can see lots of earnest high level conferences by councillors (and their partners?) tasked to visit Las Vegas....   The costs being racked up by the mysterious Council owned Peterborough Blue Sky Company  are not available for public scrutiny as they are  buried deep in the overall PCC council accounts (we've tried)...


AWS City on a Cloud

Arcus Global, Cambridge 23 June 2016 – Peterborough City Council has won the prestigious AWS (Amazon Web Services) Global Public Sector Smart City Award which comes with a prize of $25,000 worth of promotional credits that can be used to offset Peterborough’s AWS cloud infrastructure costs.

Peterborough City Council uses the AWS Cloud as the central hub for integrating data from weather stations, smart energy meters, connected devices installed in the city, people’s homes, and automated libraries with council's core applications.

As a city council it wanted to be more than just strategic, it wanted to set the standard for other UK Local Authorities, so that the same flexibility and innovation can have a national or even an international impact.

“For Peterborough, we put our citizens and their challenges at the heart of our mission, and to deliver on that mission, we’ve embarked on a journey to be one of the world’s top ‘smart cities,’” said John Harrison, Corporate Director of Resources, Peterborough City Council. “We focus on innovation, skills for the future, open data, and smart businesses, and cloud technology is a key enabler of each of these.

We’ve partnered with Arcus Global to design and implement an enterprise-wide platform that is delivering digital transformation across the entire council by breaking down traditional silos, replacing back-end systems and improving visibility across all city services.”

Peterborough recently won the World Smart City Congress where they won ‘Smart City of the Year’ award, beating Moscow, Dubai and Singapore to the title.

Quite an achievement for Peterborough! More importantly, the city is one of the most unequal areas in the UK, with life expectancy changing by up to 10 years as one moves through different areas of the City. New technologies are enabling the Council to make smarter, data driven and digitally enabled decisions which could have an enormous positive impact on the city and its people.

“We are delighted that our project with PCC has gained such a Global recognition”. Said Denis Kaminskiy CEO at Arcus Global “I think what we are doing in PCC is miles ahead of the sector, and the fact that it is a real project, rather than just an idea is real proof of the innovation and ambition that Peterborough and Arcus share”.

In addition to the benefits highlighted above, the AWS solution for Peterborough, as architected, deployed and supported by Arcus Global, provides increased flexibility in services, ease of access for remote users, reduces the council’s infrastructure burden and makes future changes fast and economical. 

 The project has already delivered significant savings for the Council, by improving resilience, facilitating mobile working (for legacy applications), and made the Authority more environmentally friendly.

About Peterborough City Council: Peterborough is a unitary authority which provides services for 190,000 residents. Services are provided out of a £438 million budget.

About Arcus Global: Arcus provides a full suite of technology services to the UK Public Sector with a unique proposition that combines: IT strategy advice, enterprise architecture, migration and integration services, training and digital platform development, as well as easy to use and innovative full government line of business systems on leading cloud platforms. 

 Arcus are the UK Public Sector market leaders in all services on and Amazon Web Services as well as other world leading technology stacks. We work with Local and Central Government, Universities, Health and not-for-profit organisations.

For further information, please visit Arcus Global

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