Berwick is planning an expansion of its wireless mesh network initiative in the coming months.
An additional four access points have been ordered to augment the four already installed at points along Commercial Street. The new points will expand the town’s free Wi-Fi coverage, which currently extends to points 100 metres east and west of Commercial Street between the Baptist Church and Orchard Street. This summer, the service was also extended to the United Church campground, which borrowed an external antenna to connect with the mesh network.
“They were so pleased they purchased the antenna,” reported finance director Greg Towne. The antenna allowed camp organizers to connect their own wireless routers and expand the wireless network within the campground. He said he plans to promote the application to businesses in town to allow them to enhance the free Wi-Fi for their customers.
The town also plans to beef up security by integrating three security cameras into the mesh network. Two cameras will be installed at points around town and one at the town hall building.