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Digital public sector news, research & engagement

Thursday 25 July 2013Author: Dan Jellinek

Companies and products... Accellion and London Borough of Camden win EuroCloud UK award; Bexley home care network implements iConnect electronic worker monitoring; South Worcestershire shared services centre partnership aims to save £3million

Accellion and London Borough of Camden win EuroCloud UK award

Camden Town Hall, by Camden Council/FlickrSecure mobile file sharing and collaboration specialist Accellion has won a EuroCloud UK award for Best Public Administration Case Study for its work with the London Borough of Camden. The judges selected Camden's use of Accellion's private-cloud mobile file sharing and collaboration solution as the strongest example of applying a service in practice and supporting an underlying business approach, including benefits for the public. Camden has implemented a private-cloud, on-premise deployment of Accellion as a single platform for users to access, review and collaborate on documents using iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. The solution is now integrated with device management tools and Microsoft SharePoint. Accellion offers security, legal compliance and real-time visibility of mobile file sharing activities, maintaining a comprehensive audit trail, the company says. All data that is shared or edited is encrypted both in transit and at rest. Awards host EuroCloud UK is a network of cloud vendors and industry experts.
Pictured: Camden Town Hall, by London Borough of Camden/Flickr

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Bexley home care network implements iConnect electronic worker monitoring

Carewatch (Bexley), part of the home care and support network Carewatch, has rolled-out iConnect, an electronic call monitoring solution from health sector IT management systems supplier Advanced Health & Care, to its 71 employees. The care organisation has also invested in 65 specialist Near Field Communication (NFC) Gentag handsets, provided by Advanced. The iConnect system delivers real-time task lists and service user data to care workers via their mobile phones, recording arrival and departure times. Care workers simply touch in and out at each visit, using their Gentag device coupled with radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags fitted in service users' homes. Paul Chawla-Lidbury, Managing Director of Carewatch (Bexley), says: "We knew that, as well as driving efficiencies, it would allow us to significantly improve communication between the management and care workers. We also liked the lone worker safety feature which protects the care worker and sends a signal to the team should an issue be identified." The data collected from iConnect is fed back to Advanced's staff rostering system StaffPlan Roster, giving managers a holistic view of workers' schedules. iConnect time and attendance data will also be used for billing purposes, ensuring commissioners are invoiced as accurately as possible.
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South Worcestershire shared services centre partnership aims to save £3million

A strategic shared partnership has been set up by Malvern Hills, Worcester City, Wychavon District Council and specialist systems and business process services firm Civica in a move aimed at saving £3million over five years. The partnership will establish a centre to provide services to the three South Worcestershire councils and other public sector organisations. Starting initially with the existing revenues and benefits service for the three councils, the partnership will offer transactional, assessment and a range of other services to support other councils as they strive to maintain services with dwindling budgets. Councillor David Hughes, Leader of Malvern Hills said "This is an enterprising solution that will deliver significant savings for each of the three councils, and provide opportunities for further service improvements and resilience. The new partnership will give greater job security for staff and provide the prospect of creating additional local employment over the coming years." The contract will be managed by a comprehensive governance structure led by a joint committee of elected members from each of the councils in South Worcestershire.

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