A new digital map showing people where they can get free wireless intenret access has been launched in Derry.
Available through the www.wirelessderry.com site, the Wireless City online map was devised as a result of the Code4Derry programme which ran throughout the summer in conjunction with technology company Kainos who recently opened offices in the city. The project was a collaboration between Derry City Council, Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster.
Speaking at the presentation of the new website to Council, Mayor Kevin Campbell said,
“I would like to firstly welcome Kainos to the city and congratulate them on helping facilitate this project which has resulted in a high-end online product which is sure to serve the business community and local users well.”
“This project clearly outlines how our local graduates can work with the support of the private sector and local government to develop a product that provides a mutually beneficial service for the city. Not only do the students involved gain essential experience but the project also has provided them with a confidence building opportunity and core skills which in turn will make them favourable candidates for employment in the future.”
The website also provides the opportunity for local businesses to come onboard to profile their own WiFi service as Louise Breslin, Project Officer with Council’s Economic Development department explained,
“As we look towards the UK City of Culture, the need to highlight and enhance our digital infrastructure has become essential. The Wireless City project has been delivering Wi-Fi services to visitors and residents since 2005.
“Since then the network has being going from strength to strength and now provides wireless coverage in a around the historic walled area, the Diamond, Guildhall Square, Waterloo Place, Strand Road, Ebrington Square and most recently enabled Queens Quay/ Riverfront area from the City Hotel to Sainsburys. Anyone with a wireless enabled device such as a laptop, PDA or a Smartphone can use the network free of charge for 1 hour.”
“However, we are also encouraging businesses to register their details on www.wirelessderry.com site so that their establishment can be profiled as a WiFi provider in the city.”
Brendan Mooney, Kainos’s CEO added, “We are delighted to have given our support to the Wireless City initiative. This project, illustrates how local government, the private sector and local universities can collaborate and deliver a meaningful project in just a few short weeks – and at no cost to the tax payer.”