Case Studies

City of York case study

Purple is working with North, one of the UK’s leading Managed Services Providers, and Ruckus Wireless, the global WiFi technology pioneer, to deliver a secure Social WiFi solution for City of York Council.


Multi-lingual free WiFi availability


visitors per year


visitors per year from China


  • Access to helpful data from the network, such as footfall and how public spaces in the centre are being used.
  • Giving businesses further insight into their customer base, allowing them to target real time discounts and special offers.
  • Multi-lingual WiFi was an essential part of the installation, as the city attracts 7 million visitors per year, 2 million of whom are of Chinese origin.

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Due to the historic nature of City of York, the wireless solution needed to conform to English Heritage guidelines and be as unobtrusive as possible. This means each site required a significant amount of careful planning to ensure that Access Points were best placed in a way that was aesthetically pleasing whilst capable of delivering a strong and resilient WiFi service.

The network was installed by North and includes over 150 Ruckus ZoneFlex™ access points (APs), providing a high-quality WiFi experience throughout the city.

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