West Sussex County Council appointed FarrPoint as a digital strategic partner to support the council's digital infrastructure strategy. As part of the project, we were tasked to create an accurate map of 4G connectivity in the county. To do so, we worked with the council to install mobile coverage mapping devices onto refuse vehicles, which maximised our budget and efforts, and minimised environmental impact.
CLIENT: West Sussex County Council, England
PROJECT MANAGER: Colin Henderson, Senior Consultant at FarrPoint
Our client, West Sussex County Council have the ambition to become the most digitally-enabled county in England. The council is on a mission to ensure that digital infrastructure is available to as many residents and businesses across the county, whether they are in urban or rural areas. As a result, the council appointed FarrPoint as a Digital Strategic Partner to support its Digital Infrastructure Strategy.
FarrPoint's task was to help the council understand the gaps in digital infrastructure and coverage and to support the modelling, design and justification of various business cases for extending and enhancing access to digital connectivity. But in order to be able to support the deployment of digital infrastructure, an accurate picture of the county's mobile coverage was necessary.
· What business or organisation benefits would this project bring? The intention is for all residents, businesses and visitors to be able to access digital connectivity and for the use of such connectivity and infrastructure to add value to encourage inward investment, improve the quality of life in the County by providing access to resources and applications. For example, for education: schools, colleges, University, Healthcare including Socialcare for Telehealth and Telecare, improved Council provided services enabled by digital access and Internet of Things applications to provide value to the local community for things like flood defence, air quality monitoring an temperate sensors to name a few.
o What technology was being replaced, updated or implemented etc.? New fibre infrastructure has been considered for the rural communities and Mobile Surveys are currently being conducted to ascertain not-spots so that the Council can formulate an approach to infilling them.
· What did FarrPoint do? There is the day-to-day management of the relationship and active projects as well as working alongside WSCC on future projects and the best approach to improving connectivity and coverage.
· What were the most challenging aspects? Extending infrastructure into areas which aren’t necessarily attractive to commercial suppliers and working to explore and establish alternatives.
· What expertise from other projects did FarrPoint use? Mobile surveys, OMR management, Business Case coordination and documentation, Radio planning, mapping and Procurement
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