What Is WiFi4EU?
WiFi4EU is an initiative to create thousands of Wi-Fi networks in municipalities across the EU. With WiFi4EU, a free high-quality internet connection is available in public places for citizens and visitors. EU allocated EUR 120 million for 2018-2020; currently, over 7,000 municipalities have taken advantage of the offer. Each municipality gets a voucher of EUR 15,000 for the purchase of equipment and installation of the Wi-Fi network. The vouchers are to be used to install Wi-Fi equipment in public spaces that are not already equipped with a free Wi-Fi hotspot. The municipality undertakes to maintain a free and high-quality WiFi4EU service for at least three years. The voucher can also be a part-financing of a larger and more expensive project. Municipalities must finish the WiFi4EU-sponsored project within 18 months from the grant. The application is made through a simple registration at the WiFi4EU portal.
WiFi4EU Portal Requirements
WiFi4EU requires the municipality to provide a login portal for the Wi-Fi service. The portal needs to integrate with the WiFi4EU back-end to display the official WiFi4EU banner and count the number of users. This is how the European Commission can measure the number of sessions started and load the WiFi4EU visual identity that makes the user recognize the WiFi4EU service wherever it is offered.
Another requirement is that a user stays connected for 12 hours after login. To achieve this, the user’s unique device ID (MAC-address) is used to re-connect the user. Many European countries consider the MAC-address to be personal data. To comply with these local legislations and GDPR, the login portal must collect the user’s consent to save their MAC-address.
Based on the award-winning Enea Aptilo SMP, the Enea Aptilo Guest Wi-Fi Cloud service offers municipalities peace of mind by taking care of the requirements for a reasonable monthly fee. Our cloud service works on top of the Wi-Fi infrastructure and supports all leading vendors. It provides login portals that anyone – even without web development skills – can design, maintain and assign to different locations. The plug-and-play plugin for WiFi4EU takes care of all the login requirements. The Enea Aptilo SMP consent and personal data management ensure that the municipality complies with GDPR. The optional Wi-Fi Marketing allows municipalities to communicate with citizens through the login portal, SMS, and e-mail.
Watch this 10-minute video to see how easy it is for the municipality.