The Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) established an IT Service Cooperative for Connecticut municipalities, boards of education, libraries and other public entities in 2014. This effort stemmed from the desire to fully leverage local government connections to the Nutmeg Network, Connecticut’s public broadband fiber network.
The CRCOG IT Services Cooperative is a combined effort of the CRCOG Service Sharing Initiative, the Capitol Region Purchasing Council (CRPC) and the Connecticut Council of Small Towns (COST). If you are a member of one of these organizations, you can automatically access the CRCOG IT Services Cooperative. If you are not a member of any of these organizations, you can join the Cooperative as an independent organization for a small annual membership fee.
Please contact Pauline Yoder for more information or call (860) 522-2217, ext. 245.
Fiber Information Sheet
CRCOG has contracted with Sertex through a competitive bidding process to provide network infrastructure services for fiber optic and network cabling services.
Sertex helps cities, towns and municipalities build fiber optic networks, from the initial concept to completion. The broadband Sertex installs empowers cities and towns with a high-speed network that improves communication at every level. Fiber optic networks help municipalities by connecting online resources and databases of city departments, by upgrading data recovery capability to secure business continuity, and by developing fast, reliable online services that provide improved access for your citizens, and attraction of new business.
Sertex helps communities with:
- Design services
- Surveys & Permitting
- Financing / Funding
- Emergency & Maintenance Services
Completed municipal fiber projects:
- South Windsor
CRCOG has contracted with the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT), to provide a variety of general IT services to members of the IT Services Cooperative. CCAT is a non-profit resource with expertise in working with municipalities on technology solutions.
CRCOG Hosting Services (Data Center Services) enable municipalities to have a private hosted Information Technology (IT) infrastructure that is customized as a solution to their individual needs.
CRCOG Hosting Services are provided through CRCOG and managed by our IT Strategic Partner, the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT), or self-managed by your town’s own internal IT staff.
- Hosted servers
- Host your organization’s file servers, email servers, and domain controllers.
- Leverage private cloud resources to scale and host specialty applications.
- Managed and supported by experienced CCAT staff.
- Physical-to-Virtual server conversion available.
Backups and disaster recovery
- Save money on hardware, backup to CCAT’s systems.
- All hosting plans include backup services.
- Standalone backup and disaster recovery services available to ensure long-term data integrity in any scenario.
- Veeam Cloud Connect options available for Veeam customers, allowing for simple setup and management
- Co-locate your physical servers in the datacenter.
The CRCOG Regional Online Permitting program, provided in conjunction with ViewPoint and Municity Software, enables homeowners and licensed contractors to apply for and receive building permits, track the status of permit applications, and request inspections through cloud based permitting technology. On the front end municipalities can offer a transparent application process and user friendly interface which citizens can access 24/7. On the back end, the program provides municipalities with an intuitive online tool that will help to organize, streamline, and track their permitting operations. Online Permitting solutions facilitate collaboration between departments by centralizing and automating workflows.
Municipalities can choose between ViewPoint Cloud and Municity 5; both online cloud based permitting programs.
Contact CRCOG to find out more about ViewPoint Cloud, Municity 5, and how CRCOG can help your town find the online permitting solution that’s right for you.
The Streaming Video Services is currently in Pilot. Check back for more information once this is in Program phase, we will have Streaming Video Services available for towns to record and live stream meetings.
CRCOG has contracted with CT based Genei Innovations, Inc. (DBA IP-Gene) and Intellinet for Voice Over IP (VOIP) solutions. With this program, municipalties, schools and public libraries can shift to VOIP telephony over the Nutmeg Network. VOIP offers advanced communications such as web and video conferencing, hot desking, “find me, follow me” and many more features. Member towns can choose from either of the vendors who offer different strengths in their offerings.