GROUP WI-FI PROJECT
Associated British Ports are the UK’s leading port group, operating 21 ports across the UK. ABP regularly engage Rebura to provide project management and procurement services. A recent example of this was to provide group wi-fi services to 21 ports and offices around the UK.
Rebura investigated and trialled various hardware vendors to identify ABP’s corporate standard and presented the business with advantages and disadvantages for each product set. This included a full roadmap of where the technology was heading in accordance with ABPs’ five year business strategy.
After narrowing it down to three vendors and undergoing rigorous testing and proof of concept trials, it was decided that Aruba/HPE networking and access points were to be the preferred solution. Rebura moved ahead with planning and implementing the solution.
Along the way, various issues presented themselves which were not initially expected, including; large moving boats interfering with signals, water obstructing cabling, high winds delaying installation, and many more. The project management team at Rebura had their work cut out to ensure work was not delayed, nor additional unbudgeted costs incurred. As with any project, unexpected issues will arise, but it’s how these are handled that are crucial to the success of any project.
On completion of the project, Associated British Ports had full integrated connectivity and wi-fi that is easily manageable from a central portal. The solution has been validated alongside the business requirements for the next five years as part of their wider mobility strategy. The project was completed within the time frame (which included intense work over ABP’s quieter Christmas period) and came in under budget.