This chapter outlines the journey that the city of Londonderry (Derry), Northern Ireland, undertook when converting a traditional walled city to a technology-enhanced wireless city. The chapter presents an overview of the three project strands, namely wireless city (civic aspect), wireless walls (tourism aspect), and wireless campus (educational aspect), along with the contribution made by each partner organization. A detailed case study of the educational element is presented, employing a dual qualitative/ quantitative research approach. The case study focuses on the experience of one academic member of staff in using the wireless initiative via Tablet PC and SMART classroom. Quantitative analysis to gain insight into usability of wireless networking services and wireless technologies is presented from both a staff and student viewpoint and finally conclusions are drawn on the overall project experience. The project successfully, completed in December 2006, has received a number of awards for its innovative approach.
The Walled City to Wireless City Project works with its stakeholders to realise the full potential of Derry as a Regional City, driving forward economic change in the North West. To incorporate the various strands of the project (wireless city, walls and campus) three project partners were involved, these are outlined below:
Derry City Council
Realising Derry’s potential is the central aim of the Economic Development Strategy of Derry City Council http://www.derrycity.gov.uk/economicdevelopment/digital.htm.
The objective of the digital economy theme is to create new business opportunities in providing integrated services for e-business, e-government, e-tourism and e-learning. As part of the ‘Walled City to Wireless City’ project Derry City Council was involved in two elements, firstly the creation of an e-government spectrum which would take advantage of the broadband and wireless technology access and secondly the promotion of tourism within the City of Derry through the wireless walls concept.