City of York rolls out wireless network for residents and visitors


The City of York, with Ruckus Wireless, is rolling out a high speed ‘smart’ wifi network to provide residents and visitors with internet access. York previously has a fibre network in place with gigabit connections to over 200 locations, but the council wanted to provide outdoor wireless access in the city as well.

The wireless network provides access at locations across the city centre, including the main shopping street, Rowntree Park, York Museum and other public buildings. It is hoped that residents and visitors will use the network to access council information services.

The council selected Pinacl to deliver the Ruckus ZoneFlex 7363 dual-band (2.4/5Ghz) indoor 802.11n mid-range access points and the Ruckus ZOneDirector management platform for monitoring and controlling service delivery.

“With an outdoor focus, this deployment evolved to encompass a city centre Wi-Fi solution that would light up key hotspots in the city centre, with a view to joining them together to provide complete Wi-Fi coverage across as much of the city as possible,” said Roy Grant, head of ICT, City of York Council. “With that in mind, one of our key requirements was for scalability so that we can avoid having to reinvest in core infrastructure in the future.”


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