Council networks its way towards e-government

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An North of England local council has placed itself at the forefront of the British government’s e-business drive by putting information and services online.

Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council (MBC) has undergone an IT upgrade to reflect government guidelines, designed to ensure that public sector organisations increase efficiency through the effective use of technology.

The new network allows the council to deliver services online, including an A-Z of council services, jobs bulletin, a guide to councillors and a news bulletin. The upgrade also ensures sufficient capacity is available for future developments and increases in the number of users.

Communications and networking specialist, Cableship, installed a fully flexible network cabling infrastructure throughout Trafford MBC’s premises. By providing a single point of contact, Cableship was able to cut installation times and ensure all enquiries were dealt with efficiently.

“The new network provides us with a solid, flexible base to meet all the foreseeable demands of e-government,” said Melvyn Bailey, senior electrical engineer at Trafford MBC. “Government enthusiasm for e-business provides local councils with a tremendous opportunity. We’ve looked to embrace this at an early stage, and hope to become a flagship for the way local councils should conduct their operations.”

“Trafford MBC realised early on that simply offering services online isn’t sufficient - you need a solid infrastructure in place to do it well,” said Richard Bell, sales and marketing director at Cableship. “The new network provides this, as well as ensuring that any changes or expansion can be easily integrated in the future.”

Trafford MBC headquarters is in an early Victorian building. The Cableship engineers created design routes so that original wooden panelling and historic features would not be damaged.

The project consisted of an ITT LAN Connect Cat 5e cabling system with a fibre backbone and voice links.

Cableship was established in 1986 as a cabling and network specialist headquartered in Eastcote, Middlesex. It employs 145 office staff and 300 site staff who operate throughout the UK and Europe.

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