UK town residents to enjoy internet connected pavementStaff writer ▼ | October 20, 2015
Virgin Media is behind the initiative of a Smart WiFi Pavement in Chesham in the United Kingdom, to provide people with Wi-Fi access.
Innovative The street that has Wi-Fi access below the feet
"Chiltern District Council and Virgin Media have joined forces to blanket Chesham's high street with superfast WiFi. The unlimited WiFi service is available to residents, businesses and visitors passing through the center of Chesham; the service even covers parts of Lowndes Park – Chesham's 36 acre park space." The pilot is available to all the 21,000 residents and businesses of Chesham.
Speeds of up to 166Mbps are seven times the average UK broadband speed.
Virgin Media's street cabinets will be used along with Smart Pavement. This is the first time that Virgin Media has built metropolitan WiFi directly from their street cabinets, and it is also the UK's first deployment of a WiFi-connected pavement.
The pavement developed by Virgin Media provides connectivity via submerged access points linked directly to Virgin's street cabinets, which are connected to the fiber-optic network. The submerged access points are concealed under manhole specially developed resin that allows radio signals to pass through it. ■