VicFreeWifi goes live in Melbourne CBD

CSC Consulting acts as technology advisor to Victorian government during the procurement and design of the VicFreeWifi network.

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The first release of the VicFreeWiFi Network in Melbourne has gone live providing service at and near all major train stations in Melbourne’s CBD. Later in 2016 the full network will be completed and it will provide significant and continuous outdoor wireless coverage across the Melbourne CBD for the general public, tourists, and businesses to use for smart city innovation initiatives. 

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The launch follows a successful pilot in Ballarat and Bendigo, where VicFreeWifi has been successfully operating since its launch in December 2015.  The usage of the network has been increasing month on month, with the combined Ballarat and Bendigo networks passing its millionth user session in August this year. 

The VicFreeWiFi Network was designed by TPG to provide users with extensive coverage of the Melbourne, Bendigo and Ballarat CBD areas, an improvement to the localised hotspot model. This means that users will not have to reconnect as they move between access points throughout coverage zones. Users will have an allowance of up to 250 MB per device, per day and does not require personal logins or feature pop-up advertising.

“This is another example of CSC Consulting delivering trusted advice for government in delivering technology-based innovation initiatives,” said Nick Mescher, Head of CSC Consulting Australian and New Zealand. “The VicFreeWifi project will deliver lifestyle and business benefits to all and sundry across the Melbourne CBD. It’s something we’re extremely proud of.”

Scott Leyonhjelm, CSC Consulting technical advisor, said, “The VicFreeWiFi network is built with the latest Wi-Fi technology provided by one of the leading vendors in enterprise and carrier grade Wi-Fi networks. This network provides a platform on which smart city Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives, such as efficient waste collection and management, smart traffic management and parking and smart lighting can be developed. It leads the trends occurring in cities all around the world.”

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