Wakefield District Council in West Yorkshire has 13 local libraries, with a total of 260 public access PCs on the People’s Network. The method for managing PC access and data reporting required improvement across the service. Sue Eustace, Assistant Library Manager, liaised with Lorensbergs regarding the library service moving to netloan for PC session management and Wi-Fi authentication.Read more
With Wi-Fi considered such a highly valued service, ensure your libraries get full recognition for the services and environment they provide by tracking and measuring all usage. Netloan Wi-Fi provides detailed reporting, protects your network and increases membership.
Promote library membership
The netloan Wi-Fi module provides a completely automated login process for users wishing to access your wireless network. By authenticating users against your LMS, it allows library members to freely access the Wi-Fi network without staff assistance, encouraging users to sign up as library members.
The solution enables you to protect the wireless network, in two key ways:
- You can set controls for length and number of Wi-Fi sessions, configurable by user group, so providing opportunity to limit heavy user usage if network speeds are slow. You can also link availability to each site’s opening hours
- Only library members or registered guests can login and use Wi-Fi, allowing you to identify and control usage
Netloan Wi-Fi works with most manufacturers’ hardware, offering you complete flexibility in your new Wi-Fi roll out. If your Wi-Fi hotspots are already in place, but you wish to regulate or measure usage, then netloan Wi-Fi is the perfect solution.
No matter how many library branches or other hotspots you wish to include, netloan Wi-Fi involves a single installation on a central server. So it’s a quick way of making a big difference to your library network.
Access tracking and reporting
The solution incorporates useful management information reporting, so you can understand more about Wi-Fi usage in your libraries. Reports can cover access by site, time and date, and can even provide demographic information by filtering on user group activity.
Not least, a record of all wireless logins is accessible on demand, allowing identification of individual users in keeping with the Digital Economy Act 2010 for Internet Access Providers.