City is on the ball with pioneering project
City is on the ball with pioneering project
A trailblazing combination of three key elements is putting BT firmly onside for the Rugby World Cup.

​CCTV, wi-fi and enhanced mobile communications are all part of a pioneering project launched by BT and Gloucester City Council.

And the landmark deal will be up and running in time for the Rugby World Cup in the autumn, when Gloucester’s Kingsholm Stadium will host a number of matches.

The development – the first of its kind in the UK – includes the introduction of a free public wi-fi service for tourists and people living and working in Gloucester city centre. Laptops, tablets and mobile devices will all be able to connect to it.

There will also be a new state-of-the-art CCTV service and control room, and improved mobile phone coverage for 4G and other new services.

Best connected

Paul Coles says the project will make Gloucester one of the best connected cities in the UK.

He adds: “It’s great to see Gloucester pioneering this approach. We hope to repeat it in other towns and cities.”

Installation of wireless access points and 50 new high-definition CCTV cameras will start shortly across the city.

The new digital service will provide clearer images, enable security teams to zoom in on potential trouble spots, and gather evidence with high-quality images.

Councillor Jennie Dallimore says the development is fantastic news for both locals and visitors to Gloucester. “We really hope the project will help put us on the map,” she says.

Paul Coles is BT regional manager for Gloucestershire and the South West.

Councillor Jennie Dallimore is cabinet member for communities and neighbourhoods at Gloucester City Council.

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