A high speed broadband service for Bowood Estate is set to help streamline operations.
The new system at Bowood, near Chippenham, has been installed by Westbury-based Priority IT, whose innovative solution helped save the estate thousands of pounds.
Bowood, which already had a high speed service for its Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort, needed to bring this service to the estate side of the business – which includes the Bowood House and Gardens – which had a separate, slower internet connection.
The Bowood management team had been advised that a 1.5km trench to carry a cable was needed to take the high speed service from one site to the other. The cost and inconvenience meant the project had been delayed.
Thanks to Priority IT, which began working as Bowood’s IT provider last summer, a far more cost effective solution of beaming the high speed, focused wifi signal from the hotel to the estate between antennas was installed.
“When we started working with Bowood we asked if a wireless bridge between the two sites had ever been suggested, and it hadn’t,” said Kieran Thomas, Managing Director of Priority IT. “It’s a solution we have used for other clients, and is very successful and reliable. It was also much, much less expensive and time-consuming than laying a cable. Bowood asked for proof of concept, and so we set up a test between both sites to prove the speed and reliability.
“The scope of the project was quickly extended, to include all areas of the house and gardens. Now there is not only high speed internet throughout these areas, but there is a further benefit that for the first time all tills are connected. The project was completed within about four days.”
Now that both elements of the business operate on the same, high speed wifi system, operations can be streamlined. Having one wifi service for the whole operation means estate staff now have superfast internet.
Nick Hemmings, Bowood Finance Director, said: “Priority IT have provided a practical and cost effective IT solution to Bowood, implemented in a professional manner. It has significantly improved our ability to perform day to day business, which will result in a sound return on the investment.”
Kieran added: “Now the line is in place, it will be far easier for all parts of the business to work more closely together, as well as represent a huge cost saving.”
To find out more about Bowood, visit https://www.bowood.org/.