As part of its IT enhancement programme, free, secure WiFi is now available in the public areas at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital. The development is thanks to eir Business’ state-of the-art system – Advantage WiFi. Eavann Murphy, Chief Commercial Officer talks about the implementation and what it means to Temple Street.
Founded in 1872, Temple Street is an acute national paediatric hospital that cares for 145,000 children on an in-patient and out-patient basis from across the country every year. Over 50,000 of these children attend the ED (Emergency Department).
The age and construction of the Victorian hospital building, which is almost 150 years old, means that providing WiFi throughout has been a considerable challenge. Other challenges included working within specific safety guidelines set out by the hospital when installing WiFi, so as not to affect medical devices, while also ensuring coverage is available throughout the hospital. Temple Street chose eir Business as its ‘solution provider’ due to our ability to navigate the complexities of the project and implement a service that worked effectively and efficiently.
Advantage WiFi to Temple Street Hospital
Advantage WiFi offers Temple Street adequate capacity for its needs today, but it can also be upgraded to offer extra bandwidth and additional access points should they be required in the future. It’s a flexible product offering a suite of technical solutions and capabilities to Temple Street. Advantage WiFi also offers other customer engagement and marketing services that, while not in use by Temple Street, are popular with other businesses that engage directly with consumers such as restaurants, retail outlets and hospitality locations.
Introducing public WiFi to Temple Street has been on the cards for a long time, and Dairín Hines, Head of ICT, Temple Street was delighted with the rollout. “We are absolutely delighted to now be in a position to offer free, secure, high-speed WiFi access to the thousands of families and children that pass through Temple Street every year allowing them stay connected with their lives beyond the hospital. The WiFi can be accessed in our reception areas, Outpatient Departments (OPD) and ED through personal devices and has already been very well received since it went live at the beginning of January 2016. We are entirely grateful for the support and expertise provided by eir Business in finding a solution to make this possible in a building as old as Temple Street with its complex architecture. eir, as a vendor, was in a position to be able to address the very real issues. They made the complex simple and have provided us with a solution that works perfectly today but also has scope for significant development.”
The eir Advantage WiFi solution involves the installation of components such as a 200Mb ultrafast broadband connection; a content filtering solution; a business grade router and a suitable number of access points to provide the required WiFi coverage. The network installation includes Advantage WiFi cloud management and application control to ensure that the Hospital can simply manage content filtering and general security and controls, all of which were provided in partnership with Xirrus and Ucopia.
Read more about Advantage WiFi from eir Business.