Public sector gets mobile with govroam

Friday 13th January, 2017

KHIPU’s ‘govroam in a box’ platform enables seamless WiFi from any public sector building

  • govroam WiFi rolled out across Kent to connect council, hospital and blue light organisations
  • Expansion into London enables seamless ‘connect and go’ roaming across counties
  • London-wide roll out planned for February 2017

KHIPU Networks Limited today announced that govroam, the WiFi service that is mobilising the public sector, has been rolled out across Kent to over 200+ sites including council, hospital and blue light organisations. Using KHIPU’s ‘govroam-in-a-box’ platform, govroam users are able to visit any other institution within the govroam community with automatic connectivity to the internet as well as the ability to access their home network – securely.

“We needed an affordable offering that could scale to support any number of sites and not be limited to specific WiFi technologies. An “all-in-one” solution that could be installed, supported and managed by a single point of contact; enabling a simple roll-out across all public sector sites within Kent and a blueprint platform capable of expansion including eduroam access. Our end goal was to facilitate a complete shared service environment across the UK”, said Jeff Wallbank – Head of the Kent Public Service Network (KPSN) Partnership.

The introduction of this level of connectivity has allowed the public sector to work smarter, be more integrated and due to the success of the Kent project, London will deploy a similar service to its users, enabling seamless access across the capitals public sector sites.

“The project has been a huge success enabling true mobility across the county with a number of benefits such as sharing of multi-department spaces, reducing costs, ‘zero-touch’ seamless WiFi access and the ability to now rationalise public estate”, said Matt Ashman – Co-Founder of KHIPU Networks. LondonPSN, the London regional Public Sector Network, is now planning the roll out of the govroam service across to its connected partners in February 2017. “The installation of the govroam and eduroam services are an integral part of the strategic development of the London supercloud. The supercloud is a platform to enable the development of public sector digital services”, said John Jackson, Chief Information Officer at LondonPSN. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust were the first two London sites to advertise the govroam WiFi service.

“I’m delighted that our hospitals are the first in London to be part of the govroam network.  Mobility and easy access to systems are a critical part of our ability to continue to offer great services to our patients. Many of our clinicians run clinics at other hospitals so making it possible for them to connect back to our systems is key to patient care and productivity“, said Joanna Smith, Chief Information Officer at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust.

Working in partnership with Jisc, who have deployed the national level infrastructure required to launch the govroam service, has enabled KHIPU to provide a complete solution for staff mobilisation across the public sector.

“Jisc is pleased to be able to share its experience of roaming technologies with the wider public sector in establishing the govroam service, and welcomes the support of providers like KHIPU Networks that have successfully delivered bespoke eduroam solutions to some of our customers in the past and are now enthusiastically engaging with govroam technologies for a broader audience. Many of our earliest adopters have joined govroam quickly and easily through KHIPU’s ‘govroam-in-a-box’ offering, and we will continue to support commercial providers in building an ecosystem capable of delivering the infrastructure that will help govroam grow”, said Mark O’Leary, Jisc’s Head of Network Access. For further information, please download the Kent Public Service Network (KPSN) Case Study “The govroam Project – Flexible WiFi access across Kent’s Public Services”. For ongoing news visit our Newsroom and Twitter. About KHIPU Networks Limited KHIPU Networks is an award winning Cyber Security provider who deliver network, wifi and security solutions, technologies and services across multiple sectors. KHIPU’s focus has always been to work in partnership with its customers, to understand their environments and challenges so that it can provide ‘best of breed’ solutions that enable them to meet their strategic goals. By Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen – Network Security Provider.