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This article is part of the 20 August 2013 issue of Mixing work and play – how corporate applications can learn from computer games
Wi-Fi is becoming an increasingly popular feature on the high streets of the UK, with retailers getting a real taste for offering free wireless internet access to their customers while they sup a coffee or browse the rails. Increasingly, the public sector is looking to the private sector for guidance on how it too can bring the same connectivity, via tablets and smartphones, to those it serves. Birmingham City Council is one such organisation. At the beginning of August, it announced that it planned to roll out a Wi-Fi network throughout the centre of the Midlands hub, providing access to free and speedy internet connections in its most popular public spaces. Councillor James McKay, cabinet member for a green, safe and smart city, says the plan is a key part of making Birmingham a more attractive place for investors. “Wi-Fi is part of a much wider agenda for connectivity across the city and the plan to position Birmingham as the place to come for innovative businesses, helping us in turn to meet our jobs challenge in the city,” he says. Investing in ... Access >>>
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