The Falkirk Wheel is one of Scotland’s top tourist attractions. The world’s only rotating boat lift, The Falkirk Wheel links the Forth & Clyde Canal with the Union Canal some 100 feet above ground level. Upon its completion in 2002, The Wheel reconnected Edinburgh and Glasgow’s waterways for the first time since the 1930s. Scottish Canals – the public corporation of the Scottish Government responsible for managing the country’s man-made waterways – has established The Falkirk Wheel as a key Scottish visitor destination; the boat lift and its associated visitor centre attract more than 500,000 annual visitors.
Hutchinson Networks was engaged by Scottish Canals to upgrade and extend the wireless network at its flagship site – The Falkirk Wheel. In line with the Scottish Government’s Digital First strategy, the project driver was to provide a rich online experience for visitors and staff no matter where they were on the site.
We wanted a trusted partner who could deliver the solution from start to finish. Reliability and support were important for us – we wanted to make sure it was done right the first time.