WiFi in Dublin City & Lorna Maxwell – Some days are a joy when excellence in action is apparent.

This afternoon, the SPC at Dublin City Council on Economic Development
was treated to a game-set-and-match presentation by said Lorna Maxwell
of the International Relations Department. High quality!

The issue was the introduction of WiFi at Dublin City Centre from a
standing start at the passage of a motion last January at Dublin City
Council through an expressions of interest and a tender process. WiFi
will be initiated in Dublin in November during “Innovation Dublin
2012”

Gowex, from Spain, was awarded the contract and the cost to DCC will
be a big fat ZERO. The Obersturmbannfuhrer Petr von Finnegan was
lurking in the hinterland nodding sagely. The speed will be 500 kb/sec
initially and the idea is to ramp up the service over time. The radius
is about 50 metres as far as I could make out. Eight points will be
used in Henry Street for example.

WiFi will give Dublin a competitive advantage and it is an issue I
find myself in complete agreement with Cllr Oisin Quinn QC of Labour.

The priority areas are Smithfield Square, Batnardo’s Square, Clarendon
Street, St Patrick’s Park, O’Connell Street Plaza, Upper and Lower and
GPO, Temple Bar Square, Wolfe Tone Square, In front of the Convention
Centre on the quays, Henry Street, Merrion Square, Grafton Street, In
front of civic offices and Wood Quay, South King Street, St Stephens
Green and the park entrances, Cork Street, Lord Edward Street and St
John’s Lane, Werburgh Street and Bride Street, Eden Quay and
Bachelors Walk, Upper Merrion Street, City Hall, Government Buildings
and National Museum.

All in all, a great tribute to the staff at the City Council.

To put this in context, WiFi in cities was pioneered at Sunnyvale,
California in 2005. London is launching a system in 2012. Other cites
where this has been done include New York, Paris, Barcelona, Bilbao
and Wellington.

Dublin – onwards and upwards!