Cambridgeshire Public Services Network (CPSN) was launched in May 2012. CPSN is an innovative IT and communications network that uses the latest technology to connect over 400 public service sites, including schools, libraries, county and district council offices, community action points, emergency services, citizens' advice hubs and voluntary groups.
The County Council awarded the CPSN contract to develop the powerful 10GB core network to Virgin Media Business. The core network brings a range of benefits to its users, including faster, safer internet connections, more capacity, security and flexibility, as well as better data, telephone and IT services.
The core network also brings significant cost savings, helping to release public money needed for vital services, such as supporting vulnerable and elderly people. Cambridgeshire County Council has already saved over £1 million a year through the network and has seen IT costs reduced by 50% across offices, libraries and schools, compared to the previous network.
As more partners join the network it will help to transform the way public services work together, provide their services and share their buildings.
For more information about CPSN or for information about becoming a partner please contact Michael Carey, CPSN Contract and Services Manager, on 01223 715 454 or [email protected].
You can watch the CPSN launch event video on YouTube.
The benefits of CPSN include:
- cost savings of more than 50% (compared to the previous network) - bringing greater value for money for the council, schools and partners
- partnership working - sharing IT solutions with other councils and public sector organisations to make services more efficient and accessible
- better use of shared buildings - allowing partners to operate under one roof with secure, virtual network connections
- innovative shared technology - IT solutions developed in conjunction with the national Public Services Network (PSN) project
- transforming the way the council works - helping to streamline and improve the way public services are delivered
- helping communities get online - providing Internet broadband access to Cambridgeshire residents at 50 Community Access Points (CAPs), including under-represented areas
- bigger, more secure network - using a 10 GB core wide area network that is highly secure and resilient, with internet back up and capacity to expand
- flexibility for the future - developing more low cost telecommunications services to meet the changing needs of council, schools and partners
The CPSN Partnership currently includes:
- Cambridgeshire County Council (including about 250 schools)
- Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service
- Cambridge and Peterborough Fire Authority
- East Cambridgeshire District Council
- Fenland District Council
- Cambridge City Council
- Huntingdonshire District Council
- South Cambridgeshire District Council
- Cambridge and District Citizens Advice Bureau (representing the voluntary and community sector)