Coventry City Council has set up a free public Wi-Fi network around the city centre.
It has installed the equipment on street furniture and buildings in a project with digital services company Intechnology WiFi, making it available for mobile devices on _CovFREEWIFI.
The council said it will support the provision of real time transport data, information on city centre shops and services and increase access to internet services.
Its digital champion Councillor Richard Brown said: “There are lots of ways where the technology being used can help transport and leisure services.
“Digital communications are regarded as the fourth utility service alongside electricity, gas and water so this is going to help business, shoppers and residents.”
Natalie Duffield, chief executive of Intechnology WiFi, said the network also provides an platform for internet of things technology that is open to public and private sector organisations. This could support the development of new public services in the city.
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