UK GDS adding self-admin to GovWifi

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Wednesday, 13 February, 2019

UK GDS adding self-admin to GovWifi

The UK Government Digital Service (GDS) has upgraded its GovWifi secure Wi-Fi network with a new self-administration portal for government departments' IT and support teams.

GovWifi was designed to replace user and guest Wi-Fi with a single, secure connection to Wi-Fi at any participating public sector location across the UK.

It has been designed for use by public servants, consultants and visitors to government agencies, and requires only a single registration before devices are automatically connected to the Govwifi network when within range.

The GovWifi service is now used more than 2 million times per month and in use by more than 100 public-sector organisations across the UK. It is available in more than 300 criminal courts in England and Wales, and is being used in numerous hospitals as well as police and fire rescue services.

But until recently, organisations signing up to the GovWifi network had to complete a manual process which involved emails and phone calls.

To expedite the process of onboarding more organisations, the new self-administration portal will allow IT teams to register themselves with GovWifi.

The GDS built a prototype of this self-administration capability based on input from a range of organisations, including local authorities and government departments, and has been refining the portal based on feedback about this prototype from early users. This refinement process is ongoing.

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