Moonee Valley to trial free Wi-Fi with new cloud technology

Thursday, 25 January 2018

In 2018 Moonee Valley City Council will trial free public Wi-Fi for local shoppers, as part of new cloud-based technologies.

Moonee Valley Mayor Cr John Sipek said Council was always looking at new and interesting opportunities to support local traders and encourage the community to shop locally.

“Local businesses are at the heart and soul of our community. We are proud to support them by helping make our activity centres appealing places to shop, dine and recreate,” Cr Sipek said.

Portfolio holder for Business Promotion Cr Richard Lawrence said he was excited about the trial and the impact it might have.

“Most major shopping outlets provide this service, incentivising people to visit these places to shop,” Cr Lawrence said.

“If we want our local shopping strips to be competitive, at the very least it’s worth trialling to see if there is an appetite for free Wi-Fi, and to see if it has a positive impact on our local economy.”

Cr Sipek said there were other possibilities that these new cloud-based technologies could offer, which Council would explore in the future to become a smarter city.

“We know finding a park can be a challenge. There is potential to develop parking location apps to help people find available parking spaces. We could also install sensors on our public bins so we empty bins when they’re close to full rather than on routine – these are some of the exciting possibilities moving forward,” Cr Sipek said.

Councillors voted to conduct the trial at the Ordinary Meeting in December 2017. The trial would take place in one shopping area, which is yet to be determined. Council will keep the community updated as further details emerge.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 11:59 PM