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The Department for Children, Schools and Families has installed a Wi-Fi network in its Whitehall headquarters.

The Department for Children, Schools and Families has installed a Wi-Fi network in its Whitehall headquarters.

The new network is designed to offer a secure, reliable service to the department’s 1,500 staff on the 10 floors of the building, including the basement, so that they can access emails, calendars, applications and shared documents anywhere in the building.

It is understood to be the first fully wireless network in any government department, and was installed by Capgemini and subcontractor Red-M, a wireless networking specialist. It will offer “sustainable productivity and efficiency benefits”, the suppliers said.

The department moved to a wireless network because it wanted to allow more flexible working, without staff having to work at the same desk each day. It also wanted staff to be able to use their laptops to connect to the network from meeting rooms, conference rooms and break areas.

Ian Adkin, head of service delivery at the department, said the project was “an important step” in changing the working environment: “It frees people from their desks to work and collaborate where, when and how best suits them.”