New wi-fi spots in Limerick form part of digital strategy

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

The digital strategy being developed in Limerick will see 20 public wi-fi zones installed

The digital strategy being developed in Limerick will see 20 public wi-fi zones installed

A NEW digital strategy being developed in Limerick will see 20 public wi-fi zones, ten digital displays, and 14 new live cameras in the city.

Dr Mihai Bilauca, the council’s head of digital strategy unveiled the blueprint at this week’s economic committee meeting.

Measures also planned include a €500,000 investment in smart CCTV in towns and villages across the county.

There will also be a Georgian innovation district, comprising of four digital quarters, councillors were told, while the local authority will provide podcasts through its web site.

Fianna Fail councillor James Collins welcomed plans for a Georgian digital district, and 20 wi-fi hotspots across the city.

This welcome was reflected by Cllr Elenora Hogan of Fine Gael, who trades in William Street.

Economic chairperson, Cllr Vivienne Crowley said: “The only concern I would have with any digital strategy is that the modern four-year-old is more computer savvy than a 40-year-old. I am concerned we are shutting off other services to people who may prefer not to use the web.”

In response, Dr Bilauca told councillors: “We are digital first, but inclusive. It does not mean people will be shut off from accessing information in other ways at all.”