By Dan Walsh
Wexford County Council has launched the eduroam Wi-Fi in all five libraries – Wexford, Enniscorthy, New Ross, Gorey and Bunclody – in County Wexford as part of the eduroam everywhere initiative.
A new word – eduroam stands for education roaming. It provides secure and easy-to-use Wi-Fi access in thousands of locations across more than 100 countries.
Students whose college/university participates in eduroam can simply open their laptop or mobile device within an eduroam hotspot to have immediate internet connectivity.
Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Cllr. Barbara-Anne Murphy said; “eduroam is another important addition to the IT services provided by Wexford Library Service. We encourage third level students to visit their local public library in County Wexford where they will be able to access eduroam and link seamlessly into their college networks while in their own home county.”
Ronan Byrne, HEAnet’s CEO, said; “We are delighted to welcome Wexford Libraries as an eduroam participant. We would like to thank everyone who contributed to making this happen, together we are working towards improving the learning experience of students in County Wexford and reducing the digital divide.
eduroam in Ireland is pioneered by HEAnet, Ireland’s National Education and Research Network. HEAnet has helped enable over 200 eduroam hotspots in universities, institutes of technology, libraries, healthcare settings, town centres, retail outlets, sporting venues and many others.
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