The purpose of the community WiFi pilot project is to develop and test free outdoor WiFi and an integrated digital media platform for the Wellington West Business Improvement Area
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OTTAWA— March 24, 2014
The Wellington West BIA (WWBIA) and IceNet Wireless are excited to announce a partnership to pilot community WiFi along Wellington West main street and corridors within the area.
“The project will aim to create an engaging experience for shoppers, business owners, visitors and residents, it also will go a long way in laying the foundation for future projects that involve wireless connectivity.” commented Chair of the WWBIA Randy Kemp.
The Wifi project stems from research conducted in partnership with Creative Neighborhoods, an Ottawa-based non-profit dedicated to improving the use and design of public space. The results of the project highlighted the need for the BIA to invest in way-finding strategies.
“The Internet is part of our lives, at our finger tips, why not take that on as an opportunity to increase our community’s overall experience in the area – the future applications will extend from your bicycle to your dinner table,” added owner of Cyclelogik, Ian Fraser.
The installation of continuous WiFi along Wellington St. West will begin in April and continue over the summer with a launch of the service planned for the end of summer.
“We at IceNet Wireless are very excited to be part of the pilot project where visitors, businesses and the community can benefit from WiFi connectivity. This will strengthen the commercial corridor of Wellington West and enhance consumer shopping experience.” says Dr. Anand Srinivasan, Vice President of Technology IceNet Wireless.
Wellington West Business Improvement Area (WWBIA), home of Hintonburg and Wellington Village is one of Ottawa’s most dynamic and creative areas. The WWBIA represents 425 businesses and 260 commercial property owners.
Partnership with the Wellington West BIA