Comvergent help provide connectivity for library users
Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) turned to Comvergent when looking for a trusted telecoms service provider to design, source, deliver and maintain a managed public access WiFi solution.
The project was part of an initiative to regenerate and enhance the library experience for Northamptonshire residents and the county’s many visitors. Wanting to move the project forward quickly, the County Council needed a turn-key solution supplier with a proven track record and soon turned to locally-based Comvergent to provide the desired results.
After consulting with the NCC team to finalise project requirements, Comvergent were able to offer a complete turnkey solution including the design, technology sourcing, project planning and management, installation, commissioning and testing of the WiFi solution selected. The network was also centrally monitored, managed and maintained by Comvergent in conjunction with NCC to minimise the operational costs of running, configuring and maintaining the network.
The first phase of the project provided WiFi coverage in 42 libraries across the county, with further future phases planned for wider coverage in the county.
A connected county
This partnership delivered real benefits for residents and visitors alike; with its vibrant community life, intriguing history and many independent businesses, the county of Northamptonshire has much to offer residents and visitors; the library WiFi project has enhanced the overall user experience and supported
the development of the county councils’ digital inclusion strategy.
NCC cabinet member for customers and communities, Councillor Heather Smith said: “We are pleased that we will be able to offer WiFi as we know this is something that library-users have wanted to see – it is part of our continued work to improve libraries for our thousands of customers”.
As a result of the project, the Council have beenfitted from;
- Reliable and robust network performance, with high capacity and extended coverage
- Wire-like reliability across the entire network (in-doors and out-doors)
- A cost-effective and easy-to-deploy solution
- Automatic meshing and ‘self-healing’ capabilities, providing better wireless network reliability and connectivity
- A build-as-you-grow model, supporting future addition of new applications and other web-based services