City of York case study

Summary

Purple is working with Pinacl Solutions, 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.

24/7

Multi-lingual free WiFi availability

7,000,000

visitors per year

2,000,000

visitors per year from China

Objectives

  • 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.

Installation

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 Pinacl solutions and includes over 150 Ruckus ZoneFlex™ access points (APs), providing a high-quality WiFi experience throughout the city.

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