08/10/2015

Scottish National Heritage joins Scottish Wide Area Network

Today, SWAN announces that Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has joined the Scottish Wide Area Network, a single public services network for the use of all public service organisations within Scotland. SWAN is being delivered through a framework contract with Capita IT Enterprise Services.

Since the contract was signed in February 2014, over 3,200 sites and 3,500 circuits have been connected, and a dedicated network and operations centre has been constructed. The team has also received Public Service Network accreditation and has achieved ISO27001, recognising international information security best practice.

SNH is the Scottish Government's adviser on all aspects of nature and landscape across Scotland. Its role is to help people understand, value and enjoy Scotland's nature now and in the future. The agency currently employs over 680 staff, based across 38 offices.

SNH is the latest public sector body to join SWAN, and it joins over 50 other organisations that are benefiting from infrastructure and service sharing, which is lowering costs and improving connectivity across the whole public sector in Scotland.

Joe Moore, director of corporate services with Scottish Natural Heritage said: "Today’s announcement will help to ensure that we have access to cheaper and more reliable networking services.  This will streamline costs to ensure we carry out our work as effectively as possible.  SWAN also means more efficient working with colleagues in the public sector, and will help foster and build on partnerships."

Peter Hands, executive director of Capita IT Enterprise Services said: "The addition of SNH to the Scottish Wide Area Network is a demonstration that SWAN is a crucial part of Scotland’s national IT infrastructure. For SNH, the benefits of SWAN’s economies of scale means that staff will have access to faster, better networking at a reduced cost."