Working alongside Montal Computer Services, Greenfields Community Housing is installing thin-client terminals in the communal areas and wi-fi access throughout its sheltered housing schemes in order to encourage digital inclusion ahead of the government’s ‘digital by default’ delivery of welfare reforms.
With training provided by Greenfields’ in-house IT team, residents can use the web and email, make Skype calls, and access government services through a simplified, icon-based interface.
Perri Knott, ICT services manager, Greenfields Community Housing, said, “The installation of the terminals was simple. We setup new broadband lines for the communal areas and then configured the routers ourselves. We then liaised with Montal to install and test the terminals. We chose thin-client terminals instead of desktop PCs because the terminals were cheaper and more reliable, have much lower running costs, and are easier to manage and maintain.”