Bristol City Council (BCC) provides services for around 440,000 people. Cloud technology plays a key role in supporting business transformation as part of the city’s commitment to build better online services for its citizens. BCC is the winner of “Best Use of Agile in the Public Sector 2015” award.
Okeanos  is an IaaS cloud service developed and operated by GRNET . The service is powered by Synnefo , an open source software build on top of existing proven open source software (Google Ganeti, Ceph, etc.) which has been expanded in-house in order to provide a robust and complete IaaS cloud solution.
EDUCLOUD is the first “School as a Service” platform available in a French state school today.
Following the theme of making learning fun for children, NVIDIA has been working with Gayatech, other start-up companies, and local authorities, on a customisable cloud-based educational platform which includes a 3D video game for children as its main pillar.
The G-Cloud, which launched in 2012, essentially provides an online Digital Marketplace where public organisations can find different services offered by a large amount of suppliers that are part of the G-Cloud Framework Agreement. The G-Cloud has definitely had an impact on the way the UK public sector buys commodity IT services and the government has been commended on the strides it has taken to refine the procurement and certification process through the G-Cloud.
- TKAB (Tagkompaniet) is a Swedish rail operator that has been using mobile devices since 2005. Next generation devices are an opportunity to improve its operational efficiency but TBAK faced a number of challenges in deploying the devices across its workforce.
- MobiCloud enabled TKAB to use the cloud and build cross-platform and context capabilities, so it can now take full advantage of smartphones to increase efficiency and reduce costs.
The federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is moving its email application and collaboration services to the solution that is hosted in a Government Community Cloud, it was announced on the 20th of November.
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The Cloud for Europe project (FP7) announces the publication of a tender for the joint pre-commercial procurement (PCP) of research and development on cloud computing services. The purpose of the tender is to research and demonstrate solutions to overcome obstacles for the adoption of cloud computing by the public sector.
The Cloud for Europe PCP is inviting suppliers to bid for any or all of three services (lots), each of which provides a framework agreement for the realisation of research and development services.
The lots are:
Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) is in charge of managing the largest port in Germany, and second largest in Europe. HPA wanted to take advantage of new devices and form factors to boost employee mobility and remove issues that could impede the effectiveness of employees working outside of the office. HPA chose to upgrade to cloud services to provide employees the ability to be productive on virtually any device from anywhere in the port.
Estonians, using a national identity card embedded with a microchip, gain access to some 4,000 services, including banking, business registration and even fishing licenses. They review medical records and order prescriptions on smartphones. Almost everyone files taxes on the web within minutes, and about a third of voters now cast their ballots online.
Estonia will become the first country in the world to offer “e-residency” for people interested in using state digital services such as banking and registering a company. $64 Electronic ID Would Allow a Digital Life in Estonia Without a Physical Presence./
‘The Estonian state is going to offer a strong digital identity for foreigners.’ —Taavi Kotka, deputy secretary-general for communication and state information systems at the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Communications