The council is putting its citizens and their challenges at the heart of its mission to become one of the world’s top smart cities
Peterborough City Council has won the AWS (Amazon Web Services) Global Public Sector Smart City Award, earning a prize of $25,000 worth of promotional credits that can be used to offset its AWS cloud infrastructure costs.
It is the second award the council has won for its digital and smart city initiatives. At the end of last year, it beat off competition from Dubai, Moscow and Singapore to win the World Smart City Congress’s Smart City of the Year award.
The 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. It partnered with public sector technology services provider Arcus Global to design and implement the platform.
“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 is one of the most unequal areas in the UK, with life expectancy changing by up to 10 years in different areas of the city. The council, which with Opportunity Peterborough is behind PeterboroughDNA, part of the Future Cities programme, says new technologies are enabling it 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”.
The AWS platform also provides the council with increased flexibility in services, ease of access for remote users, reduces its infrastructure burden and helps accelerate change. The project has already delivered significant savings for the Council by improving resilience, facilitating mobile working (for legacy applications), and has made the authority more environmentally friendly.