Kirkcaldy reforms its town centre WiFi

Summary

Purple and Rapier Systems, a Certified Purple Partner, are delivering high speed WiFi and content filtering to visitors and residents of Kirkcaldy town centre in Scotland. The contract has been signed with Kirkcaldy 4 All, a business improvement district company that is responsible for using community budgets to increase custom, local profits and drive growth. Rapier Systems overlaid Purple’s WiFi and analytics solution onto pre-existing Ruckus wireless hardware located across the town centre. The public network is now actively used by thousands of shoppers, business owners and residents.

The Challenge

Kirkcaldy town centre already had a public WiFi solution in place but had opted to turn off the network due to a lack of return. The system was unreliable, provided no analytics and contributed little in terms of improving visitor engagement and profits for local businesses. Kirkcaldy 4 All preferred to have no public network in place than spend money on a system that delivered minimal return.

Cost and security were also important factors for Kirkcaldy 4 All as the money they have to spend on local area improvements and development projects is funded by a levy that is charged to all businesses in the vicinity. They required a WiFi network that would deliver a return on investment, securely capture visitor details, improve customer communications and filter inappropriate content that is unsuitable for younger network users.

Discussions and Installation

Rapier Systems originally reached out to Kirkcaldy 4 All at the beginning of 2016 via marketing communications to discuss the concept of implementing WiFi and analytics. The team at Rapier Systems was tasked with convincing the BID organisation that they should reactivate their public WiFi and consider using analytics.

Following a thorough demonstration of the Purple solution, Kirkcaldy 4 All started to recognise that analytics could provide them with the kind of return they sought from a WiFi solution. With Purple, Kirkcaldy 4 All could securely collate detailed visitor data, including people’s names, ages, locations, interests and even frequency of visits. This information could then be utilised to drive engagement, promote events, increase dwell time and revenue amongst local firms.

In July 2016, Rapier Systems overlaid Purple onto Ruckus access points and implemented a fully branded WiFi splash where users can login to the network with ease. This splash page not only features the branding for Kirkcaldy town centre but also includes the local weather and live feeds of their Facebook and Twitter pages.

In Full Operation

The public WiFi network available in Kirkcaldy’s town centre has achieved a good level of traction, with almost 12,000 people logging on. Users of all ages can now browse the internet, access APPs, browse their social media accounts and read emails with peace of mind that no inappropriate content can be accessed thanks to Purple’s content filtering solution. Acquiring this quantity is extremely valuable to Kirkcaldy considering the fact they have never collected visitor data prior to the installation of Purple.

The platform has identified that 68% of WiFi users choose to access the network via their social media accounts, which correlates with the fact that Kirkcaldy’s Facebook page engagement has dramatically improved. When people access the network, they are prompted to ‘like’ the page and thanks to this trigger it has received 2,387 likes in the last year. Prior to Purple, the Facebook page received an average of 755 likes per a year, so this is a 208% annual increase. By attracting more people to the Facebook page, it helps to spread awareness of the town, promotes local offers and creates a positive impression for prospective visitors.

Now that Kirkcaldy 4 All is using the Purple solution they have gained access to a plethora of customer insights and data. The CRM data that has been collected is used to distribute communications about upcoming events and offers. The team sent out a number of communications during the 2016 festive period that helped to increase visitor numbers, including emails about a Christmas family firework event and information about Christmas gifts, parking and recommended destinations. Without the Purple platform, the team would struggle to acquire the necessary data needed to effectively engage with town centre visitors.

Commenting on the Purple Solution, Bill Harvey, Manager of Kirkcaldy 4 All, said: “We are delighted to be working with both Rapier Systems and Purple. We are in the process of harvesting the data that is derived from the analytics package and are using it to provide businesses with a profile of the people using the Town Centre. Destination 66, the company that oversees our Social and Digital Media output, also utilises the information when designing and sending out our e-shots. From a Kirkcaldy 4 All standpoint this partnership is not only proving to be very successful but also invaluable for the businesses that we support.”