GDS preps large-scale rollout of GovWifi and predicts it will ‘change the way civil servants work’
Wireless internet service passes beta assessment and is now available in more than 100 locations across the UK
The GovWifi service was made available in Whitehall late last year but is now ready to be deployed more widely Credit: GDS
The Government Digital Service is expanding its GovWifi offering, which has now passed its beta assessment and is available in over 100 locations nationwide
The service offers a single wireless internet login for staff, external contractors, and visitors which “can be cheaply and simply installed” on the existing infrastructure of public bodies, for use in their facilities. The ultimate aim is for GovWiFi to become “the standard way to connect to WiFi across all government and public-sector locations”.
Having now passed its beta assessment, GovWifi will be rolled out more widely. Public sector bodies wishing to deploy the service can do so by following a set of instructions posted on the GOV.UK website.
- All GP surgeries in England to have WiFi by the end of the year
- City of Edinburgh Council signs free WiFi deal
- GDS plans overhaul of content operating model
“GovWifi represents a change in the way civil servants work. It gives them the flexibility to work wherever they need to, with the same WiFi experience at every location – just turn up and automatically connect,” GDS said. “One of the best use cases we’ve seen so far is for departments which have moved buildings – like those who’ve moved into a government hub. Instead of workers losing their connection, GovWifi provides a seamless transition, with no loss of service.”
Once users have registered for an account, they will automatically connect to service every time they visit a building with GovWifi connectivity, without the need to re-enter their password,
Since it first went live in trial form, the service has facilitated more than one million individual connections at a total of more than 100 sites across the UK. The current daily average is 15,000 connections. This figure is growing by about 20% each month, according to GDS.
Study from The Federation of Small Businesses urges Holyrood and Westminster to ‘bury the hatchet’
Biometrics commissioner calls on government ministers to lead discussion
Role as minister for implementation also includes responsibility for IPA, Geospatial Commission, and Civil Service HR
Technology could boost economy by £35bn, according to Scottish Government
As part of October’s Cyber Security Awareness Month, BT is sharing their top tips on how keep information secure for both you and your organisation
Security can help you grow whilst protecting the very core of your organisation, writes BT
BT looks at how to secure your SD-WAN services, starting with security by design
Nigel Hawthorn looks at how to review cloud use, report on risks and apply policies to reduce likely data loss incidents in this latest insight from BT