Angus Council Help to Bridge Digital Divide
Digital connectivity throughout Angus set to improve through the creation of a core infrastructure designed to provide greater accessibility.
07:51 14 February 2022
Angus Council is set to improve digital connectivity through the creation of a core infrastructure designed to provide greater digital accessibility to both local residents and businesses.
Under the new plan, the local council will install several fixed radio masts to effectively reach remote and rural properties. Angus Council will work with Rapier System Ltd to build the core infrastructure and will partner with SmartRural to accelerate the digitisation of the region by trialling and delivering a range of innovative use cases using Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.
Angus Council leader, Councillor David Fairweather said: “Connectivity is a vital part of how businesses across Angus improve productivity, unleash new and innovative businesses processes and open up new opportunities and markets.
“We view our commitment to investing in digital infrastructure as being as vital to economic growth, and equally important as the physical infrastructure of our roads, rail and buildings. Our commitment to ensuring digital is at the heart of everything that we do, ensures that we will continue to deliver an inclusive economic growth, reform our public services and prepare our children for the workplace of the future."
Paul Lindop at SmartRural said: “Angus is at the forefront of trialling and delivering a whole range of rural Use Cases supporting the digitisation of rural Scotland – from agriculture to rail infrastructure; from tourist locations to power network operations. We are extremely pleased to see that SSEN are already using SmartRural’s LoRaWAN network to perform field trials of devices that could potentially form part of their future smart grid, delivering decarbonisation of transport and heating for rural areas. We look forward to seeing other parties come forward and use this unique rural asset that Angus Council have created.”