On 1st October, over 100 delegates from local authorities and other public sector organisations attended Mobile Scotland 2013 at COSLA Headquarters in Edinburgh. The event was hosted by TotalMobile and covered a range of topics surrounding mobile technology for the public sector in Scotland. The majority of Scotland’s 29 mainland councils were represented at the conference.
Mobile working within the public sector is on the increase in Scotland. A number of councils are using the technology to reduce administration and travel time and improve services. Implementation has allowed authorities such as Aberdeen City Council to up to £1.5m annually. Mobile working now presents an opportunity to allow for an integrated approach to providing care between NHS Trusts and social departments.
Presentations included an overview of public sector mobile working in Scotland from TotalMobile’s Ciaran McClintock. Fife Council presented a case study of their successful implementation of a mobile solution in various departments throughout the council. In previous years Mobile Scotland has focused on local government only; this year the event was opened to the wider public sector and included a presentation on how mobile working improves integrated care delivery in the NHS.
The event included two live solution demonstrations, one of a local government solution and one of a healthcare solution. This gave delegates the opportunity to see a how technology such as this works first hand. TotalMobile’s CTO Gareth Tolerton gave an overview of the latest advances in the mobile technology industry as well as an update on TotalMobile latest product developments.
Ciaran McClintock said “We have hosted this event for the last four years and every year it seems to get more popular. This has been the best attendance yet. It was a pleasure to be able to share our knowledge and have some great discussions with the delegates. Scotland is increasingly at the forefront of using mobile to improve public services and you can tell from the enthusiasm shown at this event that things will continue to progress.”