Preston Council to roll out more iPads after pilot

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More councillors and officers at Preston Council could be given iPads following a successful pilot in the “quest for paperless working”.

Town Hall chiefs rolled out six iPads to the corporate management team and “key members” in 2012, and 26 more are now required.

A report to Coun Martyn Rawlinson, cabinet member for resources, said the biggest savings could be made by moving most iPad users to a Wi-Fi only device, to “contribute to the on-going requirement to find savings within existing budgets”.

The report recommended that all new iPads ordered would by Wi-Fi only, and only by exception would have a data contract.

It said: “Wi-Fi only devices can just be used in buildings or areas where a wireless infrastructure is present and the sole cost is the upfront cost of the device itself. Wi-Fi only iPads also cost less to buy than those with 3G capability.”