Fortnum and Mason hungry for wireless and VoIP

Luxury food emporium Fortnum and Mason has installed a new fixed and wireless secure LAN infrastructure as part of a £24m refurbishment of its Piccadilly store.

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Luxury food emporium Fortnum and Mason has installed a new fixed and wireless secure LAN infrastructure as part of a £24m refurbishment of its Piccadilly store.

Alfred McAlpine IT Services carried out the work under a three-year contract, which will also see it support and integrate Fortnum and Mason’s existing IT systems, including its electronic point of sale (Epos) system, providing wireless capabilities and support for new technologies.

The project will move Fortnum’s existing systems onto a single secure network capable of supporting developments such as IP telephony in future.

A new infrastructure - based on the Brand-Rex Cat6Plus Structured Cabling System and Cisco based network – will give the store wireless access points and a secure network for its front of house and back office. Wireless capabilities will allow the food store to move its electronic cash tills around to create different seasonal displays in the shop.

Fortnum’s interim head of IT, Mahshid Rafizadeh said McAlpine had played “an essential role in our refurbishment by designing a future proof LAN and structured cabling which will benefit our business, staff and customers alike”.

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