Anyone who has to travel to different offices and buildings regularly as part of their job will understand what a pain it can be to swap on to different wifi networks at every new destination.
Identifying the correct network, sourcing the password, and actually logging on all takes time and effort.
In the public sector, where partner-working across different sites and organisations is increasing, “zero-touch” access to wifi has become a possibility with the launch of govroam.
It means that public sector employees across the UK can now travel between any participating public services’ building and connect to the network, without touching their laptop, smart phone or tablet. Once the profile is installed, the connection happens automatically.
The introduction of govroam will support the trend towards multi-disciplinary activities, such as the convergence of health and social care.
Imagine an elderly person is spending a long time in hospital after an assault and needs contact with social services, community health workers and the police. All of these workers can visit the hospital and use govroam to connect to the various online resource they need, while the service would also enable doctors to access patient records quickly during rounds.
Site-sharing with govroam enables multiple organisations to share a physical location and connect over a single standardised network. Parts of a council office could be repurposed for community-based police or health workers, or spare space in police stations made available for probation staff. This approach encourages collaborative working and has cost-saving benefits.
Such multi-tenanted sites are already being used in Leeds, where govroam is already in place as part of the Yorkshire and Humberside Public Services Network (YHPSN).
Another public service network (PSN) that was an “early adopter” of govroam is Kent, where every local authority in the county has rolled it out. Govroam is now available at more than 250 sites and rising and work is continuing to connect the whole of Kent’s PSN, which has more than 370,000 users across nearly 1,200 sites.
Govroam has also been deployed in parts of London, and there’s keen interest from PSNs in many other parts of the UK. The service is not, however, limited to PSNs: the fastest growing adopter of govroam to date is the NHS.
Govroam evolved from eduroam – the established wifi service used by the further and higher education and research sector and which runs on the UK’s national research and education network, the Janet network, and supporting the roaming of 1.6 million unique devices each month.
You can find out more by listening to our podcast on the benefits of govroam.