New technology
can rejuvenate
legacy IT systems.


With local authorities’ finances as they are, council services and systems are all under scrutiny both internally and externally. IT is no exception, and its procurement is an easy target for spending cuts. In some local authorities, the regular refresh cycle of essential IT appears to have stopped. Until these basic facts change, councils must rely on legacy equipment. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be smarter in using it.

Even looking at the digital essentials of modern working life – video conferencing, instant messaging, or even emails – the gap between current systems, software and security compared to more recent iterations are the tip of a potentially disruptive iceberg. 

Finances aside, it is often impractical to replace these systems wholesale to update their functions to the level required. A lot of IT suppliers’ current work is based around creating cost effective products and services that give full functionality across legacy and new equipment, while keeping costs down. Many of the larger manufacturers have only one goal: sales. Councils and authorities will need to look outside the current model to get viable, cost effective solutions that are flexible enough to work. 

This can only be achieved with partners who understand the inevitable complexity of integration. Box shifters will not suffice.

What are the benefits of re-purposing old IT? 

As part of a procurement review a regional council asked us to advise them on a plan, specifically around IT, UC and their customer meeting facilities. They had a large number of rooms, but they had not been updated for over 6 years. The staff had laptops from multiple manufacturers, with the all the issues around no single connectivity standard. 

Following an audit we recommended the deployment of wireless connectivity system for the meeting and presentation rooms. For the cost of refurbishing one room the client now has 10 fully functioning rooms, with the same user interface/experience in each. Giving users the tools to present and work in the any of the rooms in the same way, with any device and without the need to call IT.

For local authorities looking to adopt this approach, they must be open to innovation outside of the framework or e-auction tick box procurement model. There are companies who are genuinely able to help create and drive savings through knowledge and experience, and not just sell you a box.

Given the spending cuts facing many local authorities, it is not a question of whether the new approach is affordable. The old approach may soon be entirely untenable. 

Helping councils host instant, effective meetings and presentations

Barrie Guy from Carillion Communications explains how easy it is to simply share your laptop or mobile device on a main presentation screen using your existing meeting and conference room equipment. No hassle, no messy cables - just instant meetings.

“Start a presentation at the precise second you want by using Barco Clickshare by simply pressing a button. Switch presenters or run multiple presentations simultaneously. Win back hours of meeting time and reduce the need for IT support”.

Even technophobes love this system - once installed simply leave users to look after themselves.

Single and multiple presenters can share content from any device. No training, no software and no IT support required.

Bracknell Forest Council choose Clickshare 

The Council wanted to move away from projectors and wired AV systems and following a successful demonstration the Council selected the Barco CSE-200 wireless presentation system.

Andrew Hodby, Lead ICT Technical Architect with the Council said “The demo went really well and showed the benefits of the Clickshare and its ease of use which was of paramount importance”.

View Clickshare case study
View Clickshare CSE 800 and CSE 200 wireless solutions

Revolutionary LCD video wall experience for councils

Sometimes a new innovation creates a revolution. The Barco UniSee platform completely rede-signed and optimised every component of the LCD video wall, resulting in a new way to look at large screen visualisation. The UniSee system has a modular wall mount system with a barely noticeable inter-tile gap and bespoke software to create a unique viewing experience.

UNISEE product page

Video wall installed and AV upgrade at the European Weather Centre

ECMWF case study


A trusted global technology company and leading AV design and installation partner

Operating in more than 90 countries Barco is known for innovation and owns more than 300 pa-tents. In its 80 year history Barco has developed presentation solutions that transform people’s lives, in government and public sectors.

Carillion Communications designs and installs conference facilities and meeting rooms throughout the UK and around the world. Carillion always sets out to understand customer needs to help them to find the right solution and at the right price.

But don’t just take
our word for it

Here’s what our partners in
the sector had to say about
working with Carillion

“The outcomes of these have already helped us deliver large scale savings, at the same time as bringing about positive change for residents.” Councillor Paul Bettison OBE, Council Leader,
Bracknell Forest Council

“Carillion were selected on the transparency of their proposal and for the value for money offered against a tight budget.”
Stuart Mitchell, Team Leader Services and Desktop Support Team, ECMWF (Weather Centre)

The London Fire Brigade set a “no mistakes allowed” expectation, which Carillion achieved... Sally Bigland, Technical Project Manager
The London Fire Brigade