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Tuesday, April 29, 2003
"London's Soho to get blanket 802.11 cover for voice, data"
London's Soho to get blanket 802.11 cover for voice, data
"London's City of Westminster Council is to bring 802.11b wireless networking to the streets of Soho. The scheme, dubbed the Westminster 4G project, will initially provide Wi-Fi connectivity for council operatives and remote systems."
"The Westminster plan will allow parking meter attendants, cleaners, noise inspectors and other council workers to access council systems via 802.11-equipped handheld terminals in real-time, in the field."
"The council's twin goals are improved efficiency through fast access to information and through reduced bureaucracy, and a significant reduction in its costs."
"Other applications the Council is considering include the roll-out of greater CCTV monitoring - at a fraction of the cost of current systems which have seen the Council spend around £2 million installing just 30 cameras in the West End - and providing vulnerable members of the community with emergency call-out facilities."
The Council plans to later open up Wi-Fi access to the public.