Town’s new wi-fi ser­vice could be­come per­ma­nent

Carmarthen Journal - - News - IAN LEWIS 07790 591150 ian.lewis@me­di­awales.co.uk

LLAN­DEILO has a new town cen­tre wi-fi ser­vice for the up­com­ing Fes­ti­val of the Senses, but the tech­nol­ogy could be­come a per­ma­nent fix­ture.

Fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers are get­ting ready to launch a spe­cial app for the fes­ti­val which runs from No­vem­ber 16 to 18.

The three-day Fes­ti­val of the Senses is a week­end of food, fun, en­ter­tain­ment and shop­ping op­por­tu­ni­ties – an event which sig­nals the start of the build-up to Christ­mas in West Wales.

“We want Llan­deilo to be in the van­guard of the tech­no­log­i­cal revo­lu­tion,” said or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber Christoph Fis­cher.

“Gone are the days when peo­ple might think of Llan­deilo as be­ing a sleepy ru­ral back­wa­ter with no ac­cess to the world­wide web.

“We are striv­ing to make sure we have up-to-date 21st Cen­tury fa­cil­i­ties in a beau­ti­ful Ge­or­gian and Vic­to­rian land­scape.”

The wi-fi ser­vice is al­ready up and run­ning, with booster boxes hav­ing been fit­ted to many of the town’s shop fronts.

So whether it is on a mo­bile phone, tablet or lap­top, you can get on­line across the town.

The wi-fi has been set up by New­cas­tle Em­lyn­based Telemat IT.

Up to 80% of the costs are cov­ered by the Gov­ern­ment and Car­marthen- shire Coun­cil and the re­main­ing 20% has been met by the fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers.

Mr Fis­cher said: “The fes­ti­val has made a profit over the years and we have been able to in­vest in valu­able in­fra­struc­ture.

“We think this is a great boost for Llan­deilo and helps make it an even more at­trac­tive place to visit.

“At the end of a two-year pe­riod, we are hop­ing that Llan­deilo Town Coun­cil and lo­cal busi­nesses band to­gether to keep it run­ning.”

Mean­while, the fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers have been work­ing with Cardiff­based App Mon­keys to de­velop an app for the event in No­vem­ber.

Mr Fis­cher added: “It is still in de­vel­op­ment, but it will be ready in time for the fes­ti­val.

“It will be menu-driven and will pro­vide fes­ti­val up­dates and in­for­ma­tion on events and ‘stop press’ de­tails, such as the lat­est sit­u­a­tion with park and ride ser­vices.

“Busi­nesses fea­tured on the app will have a ‘click to call or lo­cate’ ser­vice.

“Our hope is that it de­vel­ops fur­ther from an app for the fes­ti­val to one which pro­vides in­for­ma­tion for the whole town, through­out the year.”

When it is up and run­ning it should also be fea­tured on the Llan­deilo web­site – www.vis­itl­lan­deilo.co.uk

The fes­ti­val is the largest event of its kind in Car­marthen­shire.

Last year, thou­sands of vis­i­tors and lo­cals flocked to the town to en­joy the gas­tro­nomic del­i­ca­cies of lo­cal duce.

This year will see a farmer’s mar­ket in the town cen­tre, be­hind the surgery, White Horse pub and NFU of­fices.

There will be fresh and lo­cal pro­duce from the Llan­deilo Coun­try Mar­ket, Black Moun­tain Food Hub and oth­ers.

The Fes­ti­val of the Senses is a big draw for the way it fits snugly and far-away pro- in­side Llan­deilo town cen­tre, en­com­pass­ing the shops, pubs, cafes and res­tau­rants, as well as of­fer­ing craft and fash­ion stalls, food stalls, buskers, en­ter­tain­ment and much more.

The open­ing day on No­vem­ber 16 will run from 11am to 9.30pm. While on No­vem­ber 17 it will run be­tween 10am and 6pm and on the fi­nal day from 10am to 4pm.

Llan­deilo has a new free wi-fi ser­vice ahead of the Fes­ti­val of the Senses. How­ever it could be­come a per­ma­nent fea­ture of the town. Pic­tured is the fes­ti­val’s or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber Christoph Fis­cher.

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