New public WiFi access for City Council buildings

13 July 2015

Free WiFi is now available across 30 publicly-accessible Aberdeen City Council buildings, as part of the latest work to be delivered by the Accelerate Aberdeen programme.

It is available in 17 libraries, eight community and learning centres, Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Seventeen, Adventure Aberdeen and Marischal College, and is aimed at will not only widening access to internet-based services across the city, but will also help address some of the digital divide and social inclusion.

The Accelerate Aberdeen programme is part of the wider Shaping Aberdeen agenda which aims to deliver world-class digital infrastructure to enable sustained growth and diversity and provide citizens with access to the best services from the public and private sectors.

The WiFi access, which was designed and deployed by preferred supplier Pinacl Solutions combines Ruckus Wireless technology with a user-friendly social WiFi portal.

Aberdeen City Council Vice-Convener Councillor Marie Boulton said: "Improved connectivity in Aberdeen is great news for the city and the high demand for this is driven by economic growth, along with the city's vibrant commercial and residential sectors.

"The availability of world-class digital connectivity is a key component in our Strategic Infrastructure Plan, as we want more people to have access to the internet.

"We established the Accelerate Aberdeen programme to promote and encourage the deployment of the world-class digital infrastructure required to meet the city's demands, and the awarding of the contract are just a small part of a broader programme of work being carried out to make Aberdeen a smarter city capable of meeting and supporting the needs of its citizens and businesses."