Westminster city council has approved plans to extend a wireless network across its area following its successful pilot.
The “Wireless City” project is aimed at improving the council’s services through remote working technology, but will also provide Wi-Fi “hotspot” access to the internet.
Westminster’s deputy leader Cllr Colin Barrow said, “Many functions of the council are carried out by employees who are out and about in the borough. Wireless will therefore allow our people like our environmental health officers, to link directly to our server and deliver our services more efficiently.”
The wireless service will support free access to a local network, allowing residents and tourists to access information and pay for council services online. It will also support paid access to the internet that will eventually be available across the borough.
The system is also expected to improve residents’ security by supporting a “more flexible and adaptable CCTV network”, Cllr Barrow said.
The Wireless City scheme will initially cover the West End and parliament areas, with a later roll-out to residential areas.
It will be delivered in partnership with the council’s strategic outsourcing partner Vertex, which will contract with BT, Telindus and Cap Gemini to provide the wireless network.
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