North to transform digital connectivity and network security for York City Council


IoT services and solutions provider North has won a £7m contract to transform digital connectivity and network security for York City Council.

York council buildings and schools are now to benefit from a digital transformation contract that puts flexible working, safety, security and connectivity at the heart of operations.

The contract will see North work with York City Council on its mission to future-proof its facilities, enabling faster and safer access to digital services in line with requirements following the pandemic.

York City Council has extended its contract with North, employing it to provide a fully managed service to 27 local authority schools in addition to the council’s corporate estate.

This is a significant win for North and will be North’s second 10-year managed services contract with York City Council.

Digital transformation services within the project will oversee the installation of a range of network-wide security measures, new digital tools to monitor internal and external threats, and faster and more reliable Wi-Fi. flexible to support a mixed work environment.

Through these transformative changes, local schools will be able to improve their learning environments and be able to operate more effectively.

The project places security at the heart of the Council’s operations, both in corporate workplaces and educational institutions, to ensure a safe environment following increased use of online services and flexible working policies during the pandemic.

Councilor Nigel Ayre, Executive Member for Finance and Performance at York City Council, said: “Our digital infrastructure has transformed many city departments, improving efficiency, effectiveness and informed decision-making. This has helped us adapt very quickly to the pandemic, allowing us to continue to work in a safe manner as we have supported residents and businesses while having to work from home.

“York’s connectivity helps attract investment and jobs to the city, supports the city’s recovery from the pandemic, and helps us meet the urban challenges of the 21st century through innovative smart technology. This has led us to use technology to help us meet challenges in a wide range of areas, transportation, social services and to make the city an even better place to live and work.

“This long-term investment will help to further improve municipal services and we look forward to continuing our innovative work with North in the months and years to come.”

Mark Lowe, Director of Business Development at North, said: “We are committed to providing the best transformative technology to the City of York Board and schools, and our significant contract with the Board is indicative of the partnership we have built over the years.

“Digital services have become the essential foundation for delivering improved public services across local government with a blended online approach now commonly suited to workplaces. Therefore, to ensure that businesses can operate efficiently, these structures must be kept up to date and secure.

“North will ensure that the most advanced infrastructure is established within the City of York estate and in local schools, facilitating a hybrid working approach that meets the Council’s needs for years to come, while enhancing the educational environment for students.

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