Paradyn, an IT and communications service provider, has delivered a new connectivity and cybersecurity solution for Donegal County Council in a €80,000 deal over three years.

Following a competitive tender win, Paradyn designed and implemented a Wide Area Network (SD-WAN), for the council to deliver greater connectivity across more than 25 office locations, including Lifford, Letterkenny, Donegal Town, Carndonagh and Dungloe.

The company said this will enable improved communication and collaboration for over 900 of the council′s employees.

The project has also connected Arranmore Island to the council’s corporate network for the first time ever, establishing a virtual private network (VPN) from the island’s library access point in the community centre to the council’s corporate network.

As a result, it said this connection will deliver greater accessibility to council services to the island and its inhabitants.

It said the enw network will strengthen the council’s security, mitigating the risk of cyber-attacks and delivering more visibility across the network and devices.

Donegal County Council will reduce its connectivity costs as a result, and expects to get a full return on its investment over the next two years.

Sean Dunnion, Project Leader of Information Systems at Donegal County Council said they want to make sure their staff and the public have high quality and secure access to their services across the entire county.

"This investment helps us to deliver the highest levels of service to our citizens and allows our staff to be more connected, secure and productive - whether they are working from home or in the office," he said.

Fergal Meehan, Head of Sales and Support, Public Sector, Paradyn, said they are already starting to see positive results.

"As well as enabling greater accessibility and productivity, this unified solution delivers extensive insights across all connected devices and seriously strengthens security.

"With this implementation, Donegal County Council can now enjoy the benefits of a highly connected communications infrastructure which delivers greater capabilities and a higher return on investment," he said.