It is part of the UK city’s wider smart city strategy led by the council to augment its digital infrastructure for the benefit of everyone and boost Sunderland’s reputation as a digital leader.
Sunderland City Council has rolled out the latest phase of its superfast free, 5G-ready wi-fi as part of its broader Our Smart City plans.
The high-speed connectivity is now available to residents and visitors on the coastal stretch between Roker and Seaburn.
Following the initial deployment of ultrafast wi-fi in Keel Square, High Street West and St Mary’s Boulevard in December 2019, this latest extension is part of a wider strategy comprising numerous collaborative projects led by Sunderland City Council to augment its digital infrastructure for the benefit of everyone across the city and further boost Sunderland’s reputation as a digital leader.
Last month, it released details of its traffic mapping project, a joint initiative funded by Sunderland City Council in partnership with KBR and Vivacity. It uses artificial intelligence technology to capture, analyse and classify live transport usage, 24/7.
The Stack Seaburn £2.5m leisure space on the Sunderland coast is set to open on 28 August. The council said availability of the newly installed wi-fi in this area presents many opportunities for safer crowd control and event management utilising digital technologies.
“Our smart city vision aims to digitally equip individuals and businesses across Sunderland with the means to grow and compete on a global scale.,” said chief executive Patrick Melia.
He added: “Positioning Sunderland as a forward-thinking place to work, live and invest is critical to support employment, education and economic prosperity for businesses and residents alike.
“Ultrafast connectivity on the seafront here between Roker and Seaburn brings many opportunities to position Sunderland as a tourism destination as well as bringing in the latest technologies to enhance outdoor events.
“Positioning Sunderland as a forward-thinking place to work, live and invest is critical to support employment, education and economic prosperity for businesses and residents alike”
“Vendors and partners at events such as Sunderland Airshow, which is held at the Roker and Seaburn seafronts, will benefit from a faster and more interactive mechanism to keep people informed in the build up to and during events.
“The new high-speed infrastructure offers advantages for heightened public safety and the ability to inform and cascade information instantly to attendees via push notifications to smart phones.”
The council said in a statement that the growing superfast 5G ready wi-fi zones serve as the catalyst to power the next generation of wireless network infrastructure across the city, enabling more devices to access the mobile internet at the same time with significantly faster download and upload speeds.
Other smart city projects include using assistive technology to improve healthcare services, as well as strengthening teaching and learning with enhanced connectivity in local schools. The urban transport project seeks to gain insights into road usage and the movement of vehicles to enhance future plans, inform accurate predictions and minimise congestion.
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