June 20th is known as World Wi-Fi day - a global initiative to recognize the 4 billion people around the world without internet access and help bridge the digital divide. Internet access today is as much of a necessity as telephone service was in years past. Here in Schenectady, as part of the Union Street reconstruction we have installed Wi-Fi access points that allow us to control lighting and other sensors to monitor devices as well as provide a small scale Public Wi-Fi deployment. This deployment gives us the ability to connect businesses and residents in a 4 or 5 block area and look at the values for further deployment. Residents who may not have the current ability for internet access will be able to connect and browse for needed content.
As part of the recent Union Street reconstruction, we installed Wi-Fi access points that allowed us to control smart lighting and other IOT sensors and are evaluating the benefits of them. Taking these devices a step further, we have used them to deploy Public Wi-Fi in that section of Union Street between Broadway and Lafayette Street. This along with additional Wi-Fi access in front of City Hall on Jay Street is now available for our residents and visitors to the City.