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CAS awarded partner agreement for G-Cloud 11

In partnership with Bramble Hub, CAS will;

Use its knowledge and experience to enable precise planning through to successful completion of cloud service deployment.

Assist clients in migrating from on-premise solutions to a cloud environment.

Define a client’s hosted requirements, identifying cloud platform selection and to determine the best fit for SaaS, PaaS and the necessary infrastructure.

CAS will apply its independent, experienced, trusted advisor service in Cloud Technology to ensure clients obtain the Cloud solution that meets the business needs.

Data Protection

CAS Receives Cyber Essentials Certificate of Assurance

We are committed to protecting our data and yours.  We have implemented the most important cyber security controls which enables us to drive business more efficiently whilst providing assurance to all those with whose data we come into contact.

Certification provides protection of five security controls i.e. secure configuration, boundary firewalls, access controls, patch management and malware. This provides prevention of up to 80% of cyber attacks, as endorsed by the UK government.

CAS Cyber Essentials Certificate

Are You Ready For The New NHS HSCN

Are you ready for the Health and Social Care Network (HSCN)?

Here at CAS, we know that time and resources within the NHS in particular can be very tight, and when new directives come along it can be hard to know where to start. This is where we come in.

By 2020, NHS Digital’s HSCN (Health and Social Care Network) service delivery will replace the current N3 model, essentially meaning that health and social care organisations will be able to access and share information more reliably, flexibly and efficiently.

With just two short years to go, Trusts need to understand the Crown Commercial Services (CCS) procurement rules and start making provision now to achieve the right level of experience, resource and planning to deliver the new HSCN transition effectively.

We’re here to help

We’re proud to offer a one-stop shop for everything you could possibly need for a smooth, timely transition and will help you understand the new procurement rules so you get it right first time. We can handle everything from helping you decommission N3 to recommending the stage 2 compliant suppliers your Trust needs, to ordering and evaluation processes and project management.

Not only has CAS worked in the NHS sector for many years with numerous Trusts to develop multiple ICT projects, we worked on projects that included the delivery of N3 services, so we really do know our stuff.

Interested?

For an initial chat about your requirements and arrange a meeting to find out more, please call David Jones today on 07971 873471 or send us a message.

Squad Photo 2015 Texas United, sponsored by Communications Advisory Service

Texas United Sponsorship

At CAS, we believe giving back to our community is a vital part of running a responsible and successful company.

One way we can do this is through sponsorship, and we’re delighted to sponsor Houston-based soccer club Texas United.

Our sponsorship focuses on the Under-14’s team. As a Premier League team, the players are called upon to travel to ‘away games’ throughout the season … and given the size of the USA, this can become a costly undertaking as you might imagine!

Indeed, the team has travelled away to play games as far afield as Tulsa, Oklahoma, Baton Rouge, Louisiana and even Plano, Texas (a round trip of over 500 miles!).

Texas United LogoSupporting the team through sponsorship means that every player, no matter their financial situation, gets to enjoy the experience of travelling with their team-mates. We think this is important, because each trip is about so much more than just football. It’s a chance for young players to mature, and enjoy a bonding experience that will stay with them long into their adult life. We help to cover the cost of travel, food and accommodation, ensuring the trips are a highlight in the club calendar.

We wish Texas United great success in the coming season!

LTE Speed and Coverage - CAS Ltd

LTE Speed and Coverage worldwide, AT&T pushes for 5G trials

Worldwide-4G-LTE-speed-and-coverageUK based mobile analysis firm OpenSignal, have recently released their latest report on the current state of LTE worldwide. The report took into account actual data gleaned from more than 350000 active users during the latter part of 2015. Both performance and coverage were measured which reveal interesting findings, at a time when AT&T is planning to leap ahead with 5G tests by the end of this year.

The report shows Singapore leading the pack with the most impressive nationwide implementation and coverage. And as far as the race for speed dominance goes South Korea is at the top of the ladder boasting the world’s fastest download speeds. In comparison, the UK pales in terms of both speed and coverage and certainly has some catching up to do.

Taking maximum active connections into account across all of its major operators, findings place the UK’s coverage of LTE at number 55 out of 69 countries. And average LTE speeds of 15Mbps leave the UK at position 29 in the global standings.

In Europe, the highest average speeds range from 23 to 28Mbps, and countries like Hungary, Romania, Denmark and the Netherlands claim the top spots overall. The Netherlands at the national rate of 84% coverage also features as the highest among countries in this region.

EE and Three, leading operators in the UK, both showed dramatic improvements in speeds, from 11Mbps to 18Mbps by the end of last year. EE still boast wider coverage of LTE at 60% while Three competes in second place with 40%.

Findings from the US tell quite the opposite tale. While the US features as one of the world’s highest ranked nations for an LTE coverage of 81%, it sits way below at number 55 for average network speeds.

OpenSignal’s report gives definitive clues as to why some operators internationally have experienced significant gains in speed and network throughput. As LTE technologies are adopted on an increasing scale, the number of actual users of LTE on a network trail behind in comparison. This leaves the network largely underutilised allowing existing users to enjoy smoother and faster connections.

The report goes on to say: ”A year ago, an average 4G speed of 20 Mbps would have been a truly impressive feat, but today there are 15 countries and 52 individual networks that meet or exceed that mark. This inflation of speed is really two distinct trends. On the one hand established LTE countries like Singapore, South Korea, Denmark, Hungary and Australia are plowing more resources into their networks. They’re adding capacity by deploying LTE on new frequency bands, and bonding those disparate bands together with new LTE-Advanced technologies. The result is not just greater capacity – allowing more users to tap consistently fast connections – but a big increase in peak speeds as users get access to more of a network’s overall bandwidth.”

Another factor to consider is how initially newly established networks have few subscribers and then the number starts to climb rapidly as they sign on more customers. This has the effect of generous speeds experienced by customers when the network begins rollout, and then over time, the speeds decrease as the customer base expands. The is obviously due to the fact that a larger amount of digital devices now demand more out of the LTE infrastructure which does have its limitations.

It is clearly evident that LTE/4G Advanced in its truest form still has many strides yet untaken on a global scale. At the same time, this by no means halts the demand for newer and fancier technologies to start rearing their heads. AT&T is determined to lead the way with testing 5G capabilities towards the end of this year.

Wireless technologies and 5G, in particular, are all the buzz these days, as the world’s top networks vie one with another in expensive R&D. AT&T claim that once they have their own 5G network firmly rooted, they will be able to offer users speeds which are between 10 and 100 times even faster than typical LTE and 4G.

John Donovan, who is the Chief Strategy Officer and Group President at AT&T had this to say about the exciting potential 5G has to offer: ”New experiences like virtual reality, self-driving cars, robotics, smart cities and more are about to test networks like never before. These technologies will be immersive, pervasive and responsive to customers. 5G will help make them a reality.”

Aicha Evans, corporate vice president and general manager of the Intel Communication and Devices Group says: ”As early 5G development and trials get underway, industry collaboration is necessary to implement new network architectures and prepare for commercial availability. At Intel, we know that working with partners like AT&T and Ericsson are essential to bringing faster and more efficient wireless networks that will bring new and richer experiences to our lives.”

It all sounds impressive, but as we have seen with 4G and LTE, implementation is another challenge altogether. More importantly, we have to consider the implications of increased costs to consumers for being able to enjoy the latest iterations of wireless technologies. Although according to industry experts, it looks like we’ll have to wait until 2020 for 5G to become widespread. No doubt there is a veritable demand for faster and more reliable networks. Even more promising are the new technologies that will be made possible when 5G finally becomes mainstream.

Yorkhill Children's Hospital CAS sponsorship effort

Marathon des Sables sponsorship for CAS consultant

CAS were proud to sponsor one of our consultants to run the grueling Marathon des Sables as part of our ongoing Corporate and Social Responsibility commitments.

Well done Mike on a wonderful achievement and the sponsorship you raised for Yorkhill Children’s Hospital in Glasgow.

“I did it! Last week I completed the Marathon des Sables! In spite of weather, damaged feet, illness going round camp and the longest and toughest stage they’ve ever had, I crossed the finish line!

Thanks to everyone who sponsored me and also emailed me in the desert. My feet have nearly returned to their normal size, the blisters are healing nicely and I raised over £3,000.”

Mike Adams

CAS Consultant

Sponsored by CAS

desert marathon

Race History

The race has its roots in the French concert promoter, Patrick Bauer’s 200-mile hike across the Sahara Desert in 1984. Determined to encourage others to experience a similar achievement, he organised the first Marathon de Sables in 1986.

You can read more about the history of the race on the official site.

“As this is something out of the ordinary and a bit ‘different’, I want to take the opportunity to try and raise some money for a charity which has some special significance to me.  I’ve chosen to run for Yorkhill Children’s Hospital in Glasgow who cared for my nephew and ultimately saved him after he was born with a life-threatening illness. Each year over 150,000 children from all over Scotland need to go to Yorkhill for care and attention as they are able to provide specialist services, staff and equipment which other NHS hospitals can’t.”

London to Paris Bike Ride CAS Sponsorship Efforts

London to Paris Bike Ride Sponsorship

CAS sponsored one of our consultants and a client contact in the London to Paris Bike Ride.  During the heatwave of July 2013 they rode 320 miles over 4 days and raised in excess of £6,500.

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices

(EACH), Room 4, North Colchester Business Centre, 340 The Crescent, Colchester Business Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 9AD

https://www.each.org.uk/about-us/media-centre/facts-and-figures

East Anglia Children's Hospice

EACH supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.

The care and support is tailored for the needs of all family members and delivered where the families wish – in their own home, at hospital, in the community or at one of three hospices in Ipswich, Milton and Quidenham.

EACH delivers a wide range of services through short-break care, emotional and psychological support, symptom management, care at end of life, bereavement support and many activities and therapies.

They rely on voluntary donations for the majority of their income and need to raise almost £6 million to deliver services this year – £16,000 a day, every day of the year.

EACH’s Royal Patron is Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge.