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Wifi plan to connect with Echuca port visitors

BUsiness tests the potential to install free wifi in parts of Echuca.

KATHLEEN TONINI November 20, 2012 4:01am

Blair Stonehouse checks out the range.

Free wifi in central Echuca could soon be a reality.

On Friday, Limelight Marketing’s Blair Stonehouse and two contractors were testing the signal of a commercial grade router in the back of a van around Echuca.

The testing is part of a plan to potentially install free wifi around parts of Echuca to benefit tourism.

Mr Stonehouse, who is spearheading the project, wants to set up the service in the Port of Echuca and immediate surrounds, so tourists can access information about the town’s restaurants, attractions and services.

He said when the wifi notification was sent to a person’s mobile or computer, the person would simply accept the wifi and then be sent to a landing page, in the form of a directory of local businesses.

Then tourists could browse the directory and could search further if necessary.

‘‘If you don’t find what you’re free to surf the web,’’ Mr Stonehouse said.

He is in talks with Echuca-Moama Tourism and wants any potential sponsors of the project to contact him.

The project would involve roll-out costs and ongoing maintenance and data costs.

Mr Stonehouse said the main benefit would be to tourism in the town, once the infrastructure was in place, closed circuit TV could be installed for little cost.

He said a local directory app designed to direct traffic to local businesses was also in the process of being built.

Mr Stonehouse can be contacted on 0414268040.

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