12 May 2020
Today, UK Connect, the construction communications specialist, announces its pivotal role in a special communications project for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO).
Working with long-time partner Landmarc Support Services (Landmarc), UK Connect implemented enhanced broadband infrastructure and services at DIO’s Halton Training Camp, a key asset in the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) Covid-19 strategic response.
The technology provider’s work is directly supporting the military’s role in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic.
Landmarc were originally approached by DIO to prepare Halton Camp in readiness for the arrival of reservist troops embarking on essential training in the fight against Covid-19. As well as ensuring all basic facilities were prepared in time, the international provider of integrated training and sustainable infrastructure solutions wanted to ensure effective internet services. This was seen as an essential consideration for personnel who would be spending a long period away from home.
Located on the MOD’s Defence Training Estate in Lancashire, Halton Training Camp, similar to a number of military sites across the UK, suffered from slow and outdated wireless capabilities. A geographically awkward location, at the base of a valley, exacerbated the problem further. The issue had the potential to negatively impact morale, DIO and Landmarc knew it had to act quickly to address the problem.
To achieve the objective of exponentially boosting capacity and improving connectivity across the site, Landmarc approached UK Connect. Only two days later, the camp was fully operational with reliable, unrestricted broadband and Wi-Fi access for every reservist on site.
He continues, “Working closely with Landmarc we approached this project in the same way one would a strategic military communication deployment. Many of the challenges were similar to those faced in our usual work of connecting construction sites so we were able to implement tried and tested solutions. We worked quickly, with an expert team of engineers, installing a secure, scalable and reliable broadband infrastructure in only 12 hours to an army camp with only 48hrs notice. Halton now operates with a 70Mbps capacity, perfect for work, rest and play across the camp.”
According to one member of site personnel, “I use Wi-Fi constantly, up to this point, I’ve had no loss of connection, whilst using multiple device. Having such a reliable service has massively boosted the morale of soldiers on site as it has made communications with friends and family so much easier. I now feel very confident I can chat with my family 24hrs a day, which is hugely reassuring as I don’t know how long my absence from home will continue.”
PJ concludes, “The success of our work at Halton Camp has further cemented our relationship with Landmarc. We’ll continue to work with them on other, similar projects going forward. We’re extremely proud to have been able to support the DIO, MOD and important work being done by many brave member of the Armed Forces are undertaking to combat COVID-19.”
About Landmarc Support Services Limited
Landmarc is an international provider of integrated training and sustainable infrastructure solutions. This includes consultancy, design, management and operation of training areas and ranges; explosives safety; built and rural estate management, including environmental and conservation support; information management and administration services; project management and commercial property management.
The company is jointly owned by two leading businesses in their field – Interserve, a major player in the international support services and construction market and American firm PAE, a leading provider of enduring support for the essential missions of the U.S. government, its allied partners and international organisations.
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“Working with UK Connect has been a smooth and easy process. The team has been fantastic by going above and beyond, getting our broadband installed for us within extremely tight deadlines and ensuring the client relationship is done in an efficient manner. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the UK Connect team, as I find they are highly reliable and have good attention to detail and carry out the job to an exceptional standard.