In an ever more collaborative public sector, staff need to connect to the internet and to resources at their home organisation, in multiple locations, using any device – whether they’re managers, members of the emergency services, or people in multidisciplinary teams. Govroam can make this happen seamlessly.
Your staff can access the govroam network provided by any participating organisation, using a single, securely-authenticated sign-on managed by your organisation – so they only need to log in once to ‘just connect’.
Meanwhile, visiting staff from other participating organisations can access your govroam-enabled guest network in the same way, using their own sign-on credentials, reducing the time you spend managing guest accounts.
Easy-to-use internet access across multiple sites Staff using govroam can work more effectively in different locations – because they don’t have to worry about connectivity
Improves the scope of your ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) policy Govroam means your staff and visitors enjoy simplified access to wired or wireless services, using their single authenticated profile on multiple devices
Authenticates users securely Govroam is supported by a secure authentication process – under the principle of a single, authenticated sign-on, managed by the user’s own organisation
Saves time on guest account management Using govroam, you can reduce the time staff spend managing guest accounts, because govroam-enabled visitors ‘just connect’ – and are authenticated using credentials issued by their own, trusted organisation
Tried and tested technology Govroam uses the same technology as eduroam, which has been in place for more than 15 years
Procurement confidence Govroam is available via the G-Cloud procurement framework, so you can be sure you’re meeting the necessary procurement rules
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If your organisation is interested in using govroam, or if you have a specific requirement we can help with, email us and we'll contact you to discuss next steps.
Please note: individuals cannot join govroam alone, the organisation you work for has to sign up as a whole. Talk to your networking team and ask them to get in touch with us to find out more and start that process.
The govroam service does not gather any personal information from end users, but various processes behind the scenes require us to be able to contact the administrators in subscribing organisations.
Their information is needed for us to setup your organisation’s govroam subscription and to access the service. We’ll use it, as described in our standard privacy notice, to provide the service you’ve requested, as well as to identify problems or ways to make the service better.
The contact information for the person or team providing business-to-business govroam technical support specifically will also be shared with the govroam administrators community when they access the govroam wiki, for the purpose of issue resolution between subscribing organisations. We will also be sharing analytics data from our app with a third party company but this will not include any personal data, only fully anonymised data.
Jisc works with Procog Ltd. to develop and maintain our mobile apps, and in this role they may encounter administrator account details for the mapping tool.
We’ll keep the information until we are told that you no longer wish to subscribe, at which point it will be removed from both the service and wiki systems.
Public sector organisations, including agencies and arm’s length bodies, can use the G-Cloud Digital Marketplace to find people and technology for digital projects. The G-Cloud is a set of simple and legally-compliant frameworks that allow organisations to buy technology products and services more quickly and efficiently than traditional procurement methods.
The OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union) tending process takes a long time to complete, requiring two phases: a pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) followed by a detailed invitation to tender (ITT). With G-Cloud the PQQ phase is unnecessary as all listed supplies are pre-vetted to ensure compliance.
The frameworks are established through an OJEU under the open procedure and are fully compliant with public contracts regulations. This means that govroam has already been through a rigorous process to ensure its credibility and suitability for the public sector.
Removing the OJEU process results in a far less arduous and expensive process. The e-procurement process eliminates unnecessary activities, allowing you to focus on more valuable tasks.
The ‘govroam companion’ is an app (iOS and Android compatible) that is available free of charge to all users of the govroam service. It’s role is to help users find the nearest available instances of govroam provision, making it easier to remain connected when travelling. By documenting the locations of govroam-enabled guest networks, the app is also a valuable tool in demonstrating the scope of the service.
Govroam CAT is a cooperation platform. Local govroam administrators enter their govroam configuration details and, based on them, govroam CAT builds customised installers for a number of popular platforms. End users can access these installers either from the CAT webpage or via a dedicated app.
An installer prepared for one organisation will not work for users of another one, therefore if your organisation is not on the list, you cannot use this system. Please contact your local administrators to discuss adding your organisation configuration to govroam CAT.