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Alliston BIA rings in free WiFi downtown, official launch Nov. 16

Posted October 31, 2017

Press Release - The Alliston Business Improvement Association (ABIA) is pleased to announce the introduction of a solar powered free public Wi-Fi service to the Alliston downtown core.

Following a lengthy feasibility study and procurement process that considered multiple vendors, the Alliston BIA selected Royal City IT to install and maintain the wireless network in the ABIA's Catchment area.

The network rollout is a phased approached said Director of Communications Lachlan McGurk who managed the project. The first phase is live on Victoria Street, powered purely by solar power.  Upon satisfactory completion of phase one, and satisfactory feedback, the network will expand to Alliston's west along Young Street as far as Alliston's boundaries.

"This exciting project demonstrates to our member businesses and community partners that we are willing to invest in progressive initiatives to enhance our downtown ecosystem," said Mike Jerry, Chair of the ABIA. "The area that the ABIA represents makes up the second largest employer and second largest property taxpayer base in the Town of New Tecumseth. We view this development as a strategic advantage over neighbouring municipalities. The ABIA is committed to investing in these types of programs and technologies to enhance the shopping experience of current customers, attract new customers, attract new businesses looking for a progressive commercial area to conduct business and to provide our existing businesses a competitive advantage."

Director McGurk, a former IT professional and now owner of Bern's Flowers & Gifts said that this project demonstrates that Alliston is living up to the ABIA's 'Rurban' (Rural + Urban) theme by introducing 'Urban' technology throughout Alliston's downtown.

Shoppers and visitors can now connect seamlessly to free public Wi-Fi anywhere along Victoria Street West by connecting to 'ABIA_FreeWiFi' from their mobile device.

"The ABIA member merchants would have access to powerful analytical data that, among other Things will highlight shopping patterns, such as peak periods. Merchants will be offered training to get the best from the analytics," said McGurk.

He noted a wireless network opens up an abundance of opportunities, commonly known as 'The internet of things' (the ability for devices to connect to other devices over a network). For example, many cities have enhanced their security monitoring with the introduction of wireless cameras to help reduce crime and vandalism; something the ABIA feels would be of interest to Alliston residents and property owners. Other benefits include visitor/event attendance metrics and advertising opportunities for merchants.

You are invited to our official Launch Event on November 16th, at 10:30 am, ABIA Office at 51 Victoria Street East. This is an opportunity to learn more about this Alliston BIA project and our future vision for downtown WIFI.

For more information on this and all our ABIA initiatives contact: Linda Spurr, General Manager, Alliston Business Improvement Association (ABIA)

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