Alliston BIA rings in free WiFi downtown, official launch
Press Release - The Alliston Business
Improvement Association (ABIA) rurban.ca 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
"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
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