The Picton free wifi system is officially operating as of noon today (Friday 21 December).
Mayor Alistair Sowman says he’s pleased this has been achieved before Christmas, in time for Picton’s summer visitor influx.
“The contractors Network Tasman Limited and The Pacific.net have delivered the system within a very tight timeframe,” says Mayor Sowman.
“I would like to thank them and the property owners who have allowed us to install the equipment on their sites.”
The wifi system is on the same network as the Crime Prevention CCTV system being operated by the Police.
This system is operational as well and is proving useful already to the Picton Police.
The wifi system covers the majority of the Picton Foreshore and High Street. The first hour is free with options for purchasing access after that. The site can be located by searching for a wifi site called FreeSpot and then following the instructions.
“There were a number of devices that have connected to the system while it was being tested, proving that it is easy to find and will hopefully prove useful to travellers and locals in Picton,” said Justin Wells from the Pacific.net.
Mr Sowman said it was hoped the free wifi would also relieve some of the pressure on the Picton library and the APNK network.
The same system will be installed in Blenheim in early 2013 and credit will be transferrable across the network.