Open WiFi Network Initiative
The aim of the SHMU WiFi project is to build an open accessible Wi-Fi network across the regeneration areas of Aberdeen, offering free Internet and other digital services to the target community. So far we were able to cover most of the Middlefield area with a free wireless network (WiFi) which is being used to access Internet services for no cost.
The network consists of the main core service being distributed from a high-rise building in Tillydrone, with street-level access points in Middlefield enabling laptop and handheld device users to connect to the Internet for free. The project is in its pilot stage, however over 300 users already use the network on a daily basis, with an average of over 1,300 unique users a month.
Assuming we can secure the funding required, we hope to roll out the Wi-Fi service to neighbouring regeneration areas in the coming year.
We are also in the process of building a Community Portal (a website which all users who make use of the Network will be directed through) that will offer access to information, services and advice.
This Portal is being built in partnership with colleagues from Belgium, who we began working with during an EU funded initiative exploring Social Networking tools and inclusion of disadvantaged young people. We plan to use lessons learned from this EU project in order to build a dynamic ‘Facebook' style social network platform for residents in Middlefield which will lead the way across Europe in the integration of Digital Inclusion & Community Development.