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Wildlife Conservation Park staff caring for animals via wi-fi

New internet service installed at conservation park as part of Digital Birmingham initiative

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Staff at Birmingham's Wildlife Conservation Park are now looking after their animals via smartphone thanks to a new free wi-fi service being installed.

Formerly the Birmingham Nature Centre, the attraction is one of 200 public buildings in Birmingham getting the free wi-fi via the Government-funded and city council-run 'Digital Birmingham' initiative.

Staff at the conservation centre, in Cannon Hill Park, will be able to access information and file reports on the animals directly from their enclosures via smartphone or tablet.

And visitors will also be able to use the wi-fi to post their pictures on social media or access more detailed information about the animals.

Park manager Les Basford said: "The free public wi-fi scheme is a win-win for the park, its visitors and our employees.

"When people come to visit, they can use their own devices to carry out research as they go round and upload to social media accounts any pictures or video that they take - making a fun day out even more enjoyable.

"For our staff, it is helping us to refine our processes, so we can spend even more of our time caring for the animals, rather than wasting time logging the same data twice.

"We are extremely happy to have been selected as one of the sites to benefit from the free wi-fi access."

The high-tech installation is part of 'Wireless in Public Buildings' project being rolled out across the city.

Visitors only need to register their smartphones, tablets or laptop once to access the service at council buildings and offices throughout the city.

Council cabinet member Lisa Trickett said: "This is a great example of how the Wireless in Public Buildings project can benefit both citizens and the services that the council provides to them.

"We should be looking to maximise every opportunity to add value to our services and I am glad that the arrival of wi-fi has been embraced so positively by staff at the Wildlife Conservation Park.

"This will make a fantastic facility and even better one for a family day out."

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