Laura Sharman 27 June 2016

Peterborough scopes global smart cities award

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Peterborough City Council has won the AWS (Amazon Web Services) Global Public Sector Smart City Award.

The council has won the top prize of $25,000 worth of promotional credits that can be used to offset its AWS cloud infrastructure costs.

The council uses the cloud as the central hub for integrating data from weather stations, smart energy meters, connected devices and automated libraries with its core applications.

John Harrison, corporate director of resources at Peterborough City Council, said: ‘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.

‘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.’

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