Highworth Town centre market needs help
Unable to take card payments due to lack of internet connections
Highworth Town Centre (Swindon) runs a weekly Saturday market. With the increase in card payment devices in use traders have been struggling with connectivity to process payments, relying on 3G/4G hotspot from their phones.
Traders were becoming frustrated as were customers with slowness of some payments, lack of signal etc.
I was asked to come up with a solution.
Whilst the town centre market is surrounded by buildings and shops none were ideal and had to consider their own network security.
I was able to plan a cable run from Highworth Town Council Offices which are a short walk away but with no direct line of sight to the market.
With cabling run and a Ubiquiti Unifi Mesh 6 Outdoor AP installed, appropriate security was applied to the network for PCI DSS compliance.
The result is market traders able to connect their Point of sale and payment devices (PDQ) to a secure wireless network has changed the face of the market just in time for the Christmas rush.
To top it off there is now an open public wireless network available to anyone in the vicinity of the market even on non-market days.