(Fayetteville, N.C.) – The City’s Information Technology (IT) Department is working to connect the community to create an atmosphere where citizens can become more engaged. The effort includes a multi-pronged approach with a goal of allowing citizens to access City services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as well as being better linked to the Internet.
One project involved Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks Recreation center upgrades, equipping all recreation centers with Wi-Fi and web content filtering. Through a partnership with Cumberland County Schools, recreation centers that are tied to schools received Wi-Fi installation from the City’s IT Department and the school system installed Chromebooks. Now, students who do not have a computer at home or Internet access have a place to do their homework assignments in areas that they frequent most after school. Secondly, residents without Internet access can view progress reports, school assignments and other items at recreation center computer labs. Several locations also received replacement computer monitors.
The City’s IT Department has upgraded Seabrook Neighborhood Resource Center (NRC), Westover NRC and the Fayetteville-Cumberland Senior Center with new PCs. These upgrades include Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system, 2010 Microsoft Office Suite, multiple browsers for ubiquitous Internet searches and 24-inch monitors. These PCs are based on new virtual desktop technologies that will clear user information upon sign off. Citizens will enjoy the speed and reliability afforded via this new technology. Future upgrade plans include the Airport Business Center, Old Wilmington Road Resource Center, Myers Recreation Center and Spivey Recreation Center.
Fire stations and Fayetteville Regional Airport have also received free Wi-Fi and web content filtering.
IT is also researching a public-private partnership to install free Wi-Fi in select downtown locations.
“We want to bring City Hall to residents, when it is convenient for them to conduct business; City Hall without walls,” City Chief Information Officer Dwayne Campbell said. “An engaged and connected citizenry leads to a more connected community. My goal is that citizens in Fayetteville have the same opportunities to utilize Wi-Fi and the Internet the same way that citizens of Raleigh and Charlotte do. This is all about increasing the quality of life for residents and allowing Fayetteville citizens to get connected.”
Article source: http://www.ci.fayetteville.nc.us/pressreleases.aspx?id=1996