Lewisham Council is using wireless hotspots to try and spread access to local services and increase productivity among council workers.
The council has joined forces with BT to try and form a “wireless template” for other councils to follow when it comes to building public wireless local area networks.
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Such networks form a key component of Lewisham Council’s e-government programme that will allow local people to interact in new ways with the council’s online services from a wide range of locations across the borough.
Lewisham citizens who are currently not able to access the internet will be able to join in through user-friendly wireless hotspots in their own communities.
The first phase of the Lewisham project has seen the installation of BT Openzone wireless access points in a number of council owned locations, including the town hall.
Some of these have been funded by the council, some by BT. The access points will allow council employees and members of the public to use their laptop computers to access the internet.
Council employees, who are away from their usual office location, will be able to get access to the council intranet and read their e-mail.
Steve Bullock, mayor of Lewisham, said, “We are looking at a range of mobile computing technologies to help us reduce costs and improve the delivery of services across Lewisham.”
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