Westminster City Council has approved plans to extend a wireless network across the London borough following a successful pilot.
The Wireless City project is aimed at improving the council's services through remote working technology, but it will also provide Wi-Fi hotspot access to the internet for members of the public.
Colin Barrow, deputy leader of the council, 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, such as 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.
In addition, the system is expected to improve security for local people by supporting a "more flexible and adaptable CCTV network", Barrow said.
The Wireless City scheme will initially cover the West End and the area around the Houses of Parliament, with a later roll-out to residential areas.
It is being delivered in partnership with the council's strategic outsourcing partner Vertex, which will work with BT, Telindus and Capgemini to provide the network.
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