Xirrus has partnered with Irish telecoms operator eir to deliver free public Wi-Fi at Dublin’s Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, which cares for 145,000 children per year from all over Ireland on an in-patient and out-patient basis.
The eir Advantage Wi-Fi solution, provided in partnership with Xirrus, involves the installation of components such as a 200 Mb ultrafast broadband connection and a content filtering solution.
The network installation includes Advantage Wi-Fi cloud management and application control to ensure that the hospital can simply manage network accessibility, as well as content filtering, security and controls.
Prior to the installation, it was difficult to get internet access at the hospital. There was no Wi-Fi network on-site and only limited mobile coverage within the building. In order to address this issue, eir and Xirrus worked together to ensure patients and families could access the internet access in all public waiting areas throughout the hospital for the first time.
The age and construction of the Victorian hospital building, which is almost 150 years old, meant that providing a Wi-Fi network was a considerable challenge. Xirrus needed to work within the specific safety guidelines set out by the hospital and also be mindful of the historical status of the building when designing the network and installing the access points.
Shane Buckley, CEO of Xirrus, said: “There can be no higher priority for Xirrus than to provide reliable and safe internet access to sick children and their parents in a hospital environment. Xirrus, in partnership with eir, had the combined experience, technical expertise and superior Wi-Fi solution to connect patients and their families to a fast, reliable and secure Wi-Fi network.”
Dairín Hines, Head of ICT, Temple Street said: “We are absolutely delighted to be in a position to offer free, secure, high-speed Wi-Fi access to the thousands of families and children being treated at Temple Street every year and allowing them to stay connected with their lives beyond the hospital.
“The new Wi-Fi network has already been very well received since it went live at the beginning of January 2016 - and already used by over 10,000 people. We are entirely grateful for the support and expertise provided by eir Business and Xirrus Wi-Fi in finding a solution to make this possible in a building as old as Temple Street with its complex architecture.”