Google Wednesday said it has set up 150 WiFi hotspots, called Google Station hotspots, in Pune smart city. The project was jointly developed in partnership with Larsen & Toubro, the Indian infrastructure major that had got the mandate to develop the city in to a smart city.
This is the second such project where Google is setting up wifi hotspots in a large scale, the other being the Google RailTel WiFi project.
The Google Station hotspots will be available at public places like gardens, hospitals and police stations, helping people get access to free Wi-Fi.
After successfully benefiting 7.7 million user at over 270 Railway Station through its RailTel Wi-Fi project, Google for first time is deploying Google Station outside of the railways. Potentially, 3 million Punekars can now get online within seconds, to message friends, pay bills, shop online, watch music videos — and do millions of other things — at locations all around the city.
Vinay Goel, Product Management Director, Google Station said, “Today marks a big step for us as we expand Google Station hotspots from railways to cities. Our aim with Google Station is to to bring fast Wi-Fi to more users in more places within India. We built Google Station to be both the highest-quality and easiest Wi-Fi service for users and the easiest for partners to deploy — and we think this makes Station a great connectivity partner for the growing number of Indian smart cities. We’re looking forward to helping people in Pune get fast, simple and secure access to everything the internet has to offer.”
Public Wi-Fi alone, does not make a city “smart” and therefore with reliable Internet connectivity across multiple central locations, people can now use their smartphones to make the most out of Pune’s other smart city services, which includes improved tracking of public buses, opportunities for digital learning, and participation in digital governance.