Detroit Smart City Kiosks

By | October 8, 2019

Smart City Kiosks NO Cameras

Excerpt from Detroit News – Oct 8, 2019

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DetroitĀ ā€”Ā Dozens of interactive booths with free Wi-Fi, suggestions for dining and shopping or finding an open shelter bed for the homeless might soon beĀ sprouting up downtown.

The Downtown Detroit Partnership has entered into a 15-year agreement with Ohio-basedĀ IKE Smart City that calls for theĀ installation of at least 30 kiosks in the city’s core and neighborhood districts, said Eric Larson, the partnership’s CEO.

The new technology is planned amid tensions in Detroit over privacy concerns tied to the use of traffic-mounted cameras, real-time feeds to the police department’s crime center and facial recognition software.

The kiosk technology ā€” often equipped with high-definition security cameras ā€” has also raised privacy concerns in some cities over unwanted surveillance and other features that may provide a user’s personal information to third parties.

Detroit is believed toĀ be the first city deploying IKE kiosks without cameras, Larson said, but the terminals can beĀ retrofitted later on “if everybody is comfortable with it.”

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Author: Staff Writer

Craig Keefner -- With over 40 years in the industry and technology, Craig is widely considered to be an expert in the field. Major early career kiosk projects include Verizon Bill Pay kiosk and hundreds of others. Craig helped start kioskmarketplace and formed the KMA. Note the point of view here is not necessarily the stance of the Kiosk Association or