Public invited to get connected at The Falkirk Wheel

Whether it’s to check email or share pictures of The Falkirk Wheel to friends and family, visitors to the world’s only rotating boat lift are now able to get connected to the internet from around the site using a newly installed free Wi-Fi service.

Whether it’s to check email or share pictures of The Falkirk Wheel to friends and family, visitors to the world’s only rotating boat lift are now able to get connected to the internet from around the site using a newly installed free Wi-Fi service.

During The Wheel’s annual winter maintenance, Scottish Canals installed a free public Wi-Fi service to the attraction that is available now to visitors across the campus. Scottish Canals has also teamed up with Friendly Wi-Fi to ensure that the connection provided has been independently accredited as filtering inappropriate content not suitable for families enjoying a trip to the site. Friendly WiFi is an accreditation service initiated by the UK Government to ensure public Wi-Fi meets minimum filtering standards, particularly around children.

“The Falkirk Wheel is one of Scotland’s top tourism attractions, with more than 500,000 people paying a visit to the site each year. We are always looking for ways to improve the experience for our visitors and we were aware of many of our customers enquiring about Wi-Fi availability. This new solution gives great coverage across the site and allows our visitors to get connected for free while they are here.

Andrew McSherry, Head of ICT at Scottish Canals

Andrew goes on to say “Having a safe and reliable Wi-Fi service is becoming a ‘must have’ for any modern tourist attraction and the newly revamped conference centre at The Wheel will also benefit from the enhanced coverage and connectivity that is now available. We also have the opportunity to use this new infrastructure as a platform to implement further improvements to the customer experience at the world’s only rotating boat lift.”

More information on The Falkirk Wheel can be found at thefalkirkwheel.co.uk. For more on the Friendly Wi-Fi scheme, see www.friendlywifi.com/about.

Notes to Editors

  • Scottish Canals is responsible to the Scottish Government for the management and development of five Scottish canals as well as the surrounding estate and The Falkirk Wheel. See www.ScottishCanals.co.uk or follow @ScottishCanals for more information
  • The Forth & Clyde, Union and Monkland canals in the Lowlands, the Crinan Canal in Argyll and the Caledonian Canal in the Highlands, together extend over 137 miles from coast to coast, across country and into the cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness
  • Built two hundred years ago to fire the Industrial Revolution, today the canals contribute to the Scottish Government agenda of developing a Greener; Healthier; Smarter; Safer and Stronger; and Wealthier and Fairer Scotland by acting as a catalyst for sustainable economic development, regeneration and tourism; contributing to education, biodiversity, heritage and promoting active living and healthier lifestyles
  • Today Scottish Canals is utilising these 18th century assets along with innovative technology to tackle modern problems. Through working with partners to create pioneering systems, Scottish Canals is helping to combat flooding and driving positive transformation in some of Scotland’s most disadvantaged areas
  • The Forth & Clyde, Union, Monkland, Caledonian and Crinan canals are recognised as Scheduled Monuments and attract 22million visits per year. See www.scottishcanals.co.uk for more information

About Friendly WiFi

  • Friendly WiFi is an accreditation service initiated by the UK Government in 2014 to ensure public Wi-Fi meets minimum filtering standards, particularly in those areas where children are present.
  • Venues displaying the Friendly WiFi logo have Wi-Fi filters which deny access to pornography and webpages known by the Internet Watch Foundation to host indecent images of children and advertisements or links to such content.
  • Friendly WiFi is operated by RDI (UK) which oversees the UK database of qualified, security checked, insured and safe digital installers.
  • See friendlywifi.com for more information

For further information, please contact:

Andrew McSherry, Head of ICT at Scottish Canals, on 0141 354 7596 or email Andrew.McSherry@scottishcanals.co.uk

Chris McDonald at Scottish Canals, on 07917 217 608 or email Chris.McDonald@scottishcanals.co.uk

Nicola Sturgeon at Scottish Canals on 07767 383 557 or email Nicola.Sturgeon@scottishcanals.co.uk

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