Scotland’s planning system is to be digitally transformed with a next-generation gateway that will track applications in real time and revolutionise the way people and businesses engage with the local development process. The Planning Scotland Gateway portal will become a single point of entry to all planning information and services across Scotland with a consistent user experience.

GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL HITS DIGITAL MILESTONES Glasgow City Council has published a review of its five-year digital strategy, which outlines a number of key milestones that have already been achieved, as well as a ten- point plan to both overcome the challenges of the coronavirus and ensure the remainder of the strategy is fully implemented.

SUPERFAST BROADBAND FOR THE NORTH Work to bring superfast broadband to the North of Scotland, including some of the most remote rural and island communities, will start in the New Year. Connectivity minister Paul Wheelhouse confirmed the step for the £600m Reaching 100per cent (R100) programme, announcing that the £384m contract for the North of Scotland had been signed with BT, allowing work to move to the next stage.

LIFESAVING ALGORITHM TO HELP PREVENT HEART ATTACKS Scientists at Edinburgh University are testing new technology that may be able to prevent some heart attacks and potentially save thousands of lives.


l Microsoft held a meeting with finance secretary Kate Forbes to discuss the digital skills ambitions of the Scottish Government and how Microsoft can support its aspirations. The gender gap in science, technology, engineering and maths, the Logan Review and climate change were also discussed.


l NHS National Services Scotland is establishing a single supplier framework on behalf of all health boards in Scotland for the replacement of their Laboratory Information Management Systems to help realise the aims of its digital strategies. l Transport Scotland has awarded a £242,300 contract to The Union advertising agency to redesign, develop and manage its website. l National Records of Scotland has awarded a £6m contract to Deloitte for the provision of a programme and digital service/ operational delivery provider. l The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service has awarded a £122,500 contract to Phoenix software for nine servers for datacentre resilience. lThe newly introduced Protecting Vulnerable Groups online service is being tested and is a ‘major step forward’ for Disclosure Scotland. l Registers of Scotland has awarded a £100,000 contract to tech giant Oracle for software technical support services and maintenance.

Highlands stop-off becomes one of Scotland’s first smart villages

The village of Gartness, a popular stopping point at the beginning of the West Highland Way, has become one of the first smart villages in Scotland, having deployed Internet of Things infrastructure to support tourism and development in the local

community. The digital village project, backed by the Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER programme, is intended to be one of the first of many in Scotland, revitalising and empowering rural communities to create employment opportunities and attract future investment.


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