Plans by Wellington-based organisations Citylink and MediaLab South Pacific to extend Wi-Fi access to the whole of Lambton Quay, Wellington’s busiest office and retail street, come to fruition today.
The continuous stretch of wireless access has been christened Wellington’s “Hot Zone” and is claimed to be the first such zone created on a city’s highest-traffic street anywhere in the world.
The project was financed with the help of a $90,000 grant from Wellington City Council. Mayor Kerry Prendergast says it will boost e-business and e-government in the capital and enable “creative” workers to keep in constant contact with others and with information sources.
MediaLab became involved with the aim of stimulating research into the productive use of wireless networks. It plans two initial research projects:
- It has approached international hardware providers to help it install screens in the seat-backs of public transport vehicles providing localised information services streamed over the Wi-Fi network.
- VideoNow! is a concept for the use of live streaming video captured by portable Wi-Fi cameras and streamed over the Wi-Fi network, for “commercial and public casual use.” MediaLab at this stage has no clear idea what services or content might emerge.
The service is being officially launched today.