Recently, a council customer had an initial requirement for Wi-Fi access in specific areas such as the council meeting and members suite at council HQ. Based on the success of this project further installations took place in other council buildings including local libraries.
This Wi-Fi solution allows use of the ‘People’s Network’ across other council sites with little or no additional infrastructure. In some instances the People’s Network can be broadcast from other council sites as well as advertising the libraries service electronically in more locations. This brings value to the service by opening access as well as directly supporting the agenda for social inclusion.
One of our customers included the library service as part of a council wide roaming platform that served interested parties such as:
Most councils have large wide area networks linking all of their core sites and the aim is to leverage this by allowing secure conditional access by all of these groups of users from many or all sites as appropriate.
By taking this approach the investment in Wi-Fi at each site can be rolled up into a real ROI across the entire council. Management of the Wi-Fi system allows centralised support and monitoring functions so that council IT staff are able to enhance their service offer without impacting IT workloads.
Qolcom’s experience show that Wi-Fi reduces and removes requirements in contrast to traditional IP services provisioning:
Wi-Fi has the ability to provide controlled guest and public access without compromising the integrity of the Council’s network, so removing the requirement to provide an additional overlay of cabling, patching and electronics.
A significant increase in staff productivity can be achieved where Wi-Fi is implemented to provide multi-site roaming. A Qolcom wireless implementation provides additional cost benefits since staff are not required to return to the office to obtain access to secure network services.
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