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Gloucester City Council has been awarded for its innovation in the security industry following a joint working project with BT and Gloucestershire Police before last years Rugby World Cup.

The Gordon Mclanaghan Award was received last month for providing free public Wi-Fi in Gloucester city centre thanks to use of the existing CCTV network.

WiFi access points were co-located with cameras to make use of the existing transmission infrastructure. This provided a new free-to-use public WiFi service throughout the city centre.

This integrated solution for improved CCTV and new public WiFi service proved more cost-effective than carrying out each as stand-alone projects. It also eliminated the need for extra work as existing camera locations were used.

Taking place last summer, the project also saw most of the city’s CCTV equipment replaced with high definition cameras and some cameras relocated.

The city’s control room equipment was replaced with new monitors and digital recording facilities.

Cllr Jennie Watkins, cabinet member for communities and neighbourhoods said, “We were delighted to win the innovation in the security industry award on the 14th November. By using the existing CCTV infrastructure the Wi-Fi could be put in quickly without any expensive or disruptive work.

“Our city Wi-Fi means that shoppers, residents, workers, tourists and other visitors can connect to the internet easily and free of charge from their mobile devices and tablets whilst out and about in the centre of Gloucester.”

Inspector Andy Kilmurray at Gloucestershire Police said, “We were very pleased to be part of the project to bring free Wi-Fi to the city centre, and it’s great that our work has been recognised with this award. It was all done in a very short time-scale in readiness for the Rugby World Cup last year, and the upgraded control room is now located at the Tri-Service centre at Waterwells.”

The Wi-Fi service is part of the more than five million BT Wi-fi hotspot networks across the UK.

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