Edinburgh signs £102m contract with IT firm to make capital a smarter city



IT provider CGI has signed a six-year extension of its IT and business consulting services contract with City of Edinburgh Council in a deal worth £102m.

The contract will see it provide end-to-end managed IT services to the local authority until 2029.

It includes CGI supporting the creation of a Smart City Operations Centre which will deliver digital services using artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and advanced analytics, aiming to accelerate benefits to Edinburgh citizens.

City of Edinburgh Council and CGI will aim to achieve a significant evolution of services in Edinburgh, with several new systems and processes fundamentally improving the lives of the Scottish capital’s citizens and workers.

Depute Council Leader Cammy Day is the City of Edinburgh Council’s Smart Cities lead. He said: “Becoming a smart Capital city will make Edinburgh a more sustainable and fair city so I’m pleased we’ve secured CGI’s long-term support to help us with our vision.

“We’re already well on our way to transforming the way we deliver many Council services, making them much more efficient and easy to use for residents.

“We want to develop this further and under the contract, we’re looking at making digital learning services a lot more accessible and inclusive for all our pupils and residents.

“The work we’ll do with CGI will also support our plans for lowering carbon emissions and lowering costs by using smart technology.”

Planned improvements will include providing schools with digitally advanced networks and equipment, and helping Edinburgh meet its target of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

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Smart City systems will address core programmes and projects such as finance, tourism, health and social care, intelligent traffic signals, smart streetlights, and even intelligent sanitation systems.

CGI will also aim to help enable further efficiencies and savings for City of Edinburgh Council while building on a successful five-year relationship between the two organisations.

Lindsay McGranaghan, vice president and business unit leader for Scotland, said: “Edinburgh is a vibrant and diverse capital city that is growing at twice the national Scottish average.

“This growth brings huge opportunities to develop a modern, digital infrastructure that meets the demands of 21st century living.

“By using the latest digital technology, we aim to help the Council make living and working in Edinburgh more transparent, collaborative and dynamic.”



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