Excerpt from 28 page White Paper covering Connected Cities and Smart Kiosks and their growing acceptance.
Smart Cities can be characterized in many ways, but at the concept’s core are efforts by municipalities to use information and communication technologies to collect and disseminate information, improve the ways cities work, and bridge a digital divide in urban centers. In short, smart cities initiatives exist to improve the quality of life for citizens.
Smart cities are about data generated by systems and sensors, and the platforms that manage, use and react to what the data says. These projects use connected infrastructure that’s optimized by “listening” and reacting to what’s happening with things like road, mass transport and electrical systems.
Smart Kiosk Endpoints
Chris Miller, LG-MRI Marketing Director adds, “the new generation of smart kiosks consider not only what shows up on the screen but also the ways that these connected endpoints can support the development and delivery of other IoT and connectivity-based solutions.”
Smart City and Digital Signage go hand-in-hand and lots of cities are looking at new infrastructure. We track those. These days that means smart transit, smart transportation, smart lighting, automation, EV vehicles, Self-Driving. It’s a big basket for sure. Part of IoT trends in self-service.
Craig is a senior staff writer for Kiosk Industry Group Association. He has 25 years of experience in the industry. He reviews Smart City and Smart RFPs from around the industry.
Kansas City Comprehensive Smart City Partnership with Kansas City, Missouri. The City seeks to partner with a firm to provide a fully integrated suite of sensors, networks, and data and analytics platforms that will result in the City becoming the first true Smart City in the world. Due Date: Extended to August 7, 2pm.
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4/9/18 — announced last week the city’s plans for LinkNWK, a communications network of sidewalk kiosks that will provide residents and visitors of Newark with free gigabit Wi-Fi, mobile device charging, free phone calls to anywhere in the U.S., access to municipal services, maps and directions, and real-time local information on city streets. There will be no cost to taxpayers or users as it is supported through advertising on the Link kiosk displays.
City council is mulling a resolution that will allow New York City-based Smart City Media LLC. to install about 25 digital kiosks to provide information to residents and tourists. These kiosks – called CityPosts — will stand about 8-feet tall and have 55-inch screens on both sides, chief marketing officer Mike Mainthow said in a phone interview today.
The company is now building “smart city” infrastructure near Denver, Colorado, with the goal of turning the area into a “smart city” by 2026. The initiative is part of a larger Panasonic program Panasonic called CityNow. Although the definition of a “smart city” varies depending on who you ask, the term typically describes a metro area that prioritizes the use of technology in its infrastructure.
Part of the smart cities movement includes managing how people travel and use the transportation network, as well as how cities collect data from vehicles and group travel patterns for better land use and transportation policy decision making.
Jun 19, 2017 – When envisioning all the possibilities of smart cities, it’s also important to consider the difficulties that could arise in creating them.
Variations on Project Example
Here is one for public safety circa March 2018 in California.
The City of xxxxxxxxxx (“City”) seeks to partner with technology providers who are working to improve and enhance the urban environment through the use of smart city technology. For this Request for Proposals (“RFP”), the City seeks up to four Firms/Teams that can implement and demonstrate how camera, video, motion, and other sensor technology can be an effective tool in addressing public safety. Working in collaboration with the City and the xxxxxx County Sheriff’s Department, these Firms/Teams will demonstrate solutions that can enhance public safety in the City. This pilot project will allow the City and the SD to assess the utility, data management needs, cost effectiveness, and overall success of a smart city public safety program that could be scaled citywide in designated areas of the City. The size and density of the City, along with its large visitor population (especially during special events) provides a great environment for the testing and implementation of cutting-edge public safety technology. Up to four Firms/Teams will be selected.
The selected Firms/Teams will design and implement a demonstration project for deployment over nine months. At least one location in the City will be assigned to each Firm/Team for implementation. The selected Firms/Teams will be provided a $10,000 stipend, distributed at determined milestones during the nine month duration of the pilot program. Selected Firms/Teams shall be required to comply with the City’s Privacy Guidelines. In addition to public safety applications, the City encourages camera and sensor applications that can provide insights about how people interact in the City. For example, innovative companies are using cameras and sensors to measure volume and direction of pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicle trac. Such programs can inform city planning and other municipal operations as collected data can be used to increase pedestrian and vehicle safety or increase economic activity. In addition, the City welcomes technologies that protect privacy, such as use of anonymized data and real-time image scrambling.
Smart City Update & Digital Signage was last modified: March 5th, 2019 by News Editor
Small towns across the country are rapidly realizing that interactive digital solutions, namely digital kiosks, have the capabilities to serve as the answer to many of the aforementioned questions, among others.
Picture this: your company has an out of town meeting, your child has a sports tournament, or your family plans a weekend getaway. As a result, you find yourself in a bustling small town you’ve never before visited. The downtown area is filled with shops and restaurants, but you aren’t quite sure what to do or where to start, and you’re overflowing with questions. Which restaurants are kid-friendly? What do their menus look like? Which direction is the store your friend told you to check out? Is there a local park?
The predicament you’re facing when you arrive in this unfamiliar small town is one that towns across the country are constantly considering—once visitors arrive, will they be able to easily get around? If so, will they be able to find something they’re interested in, be willing to explore, and support local restaurants and businesses?
In an effort to address some of these questions, cities and towns both large and small have begun exploring and investing in interactive digital solutions. You may have heard the term ‘smart cities’ used to describe those implementing interactive technology throughout their cities. Though typically not to the same scale as major cities, small towns across the country are rapidly realizing that interactive digital solutions, namely digital kiosks, have the capabilities to serve as the answer to many of the aforementioned questions, among others.
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How Digital Kiosks are Changing the Small Town Experience was last modified: September 5th, 2018 by Kiosk Industry
City Hall issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for these types of devices at the end of 2017. The RFP stated in part that “kiosk designs shall be of a modern aesthetic and shall reflect Jersey City’s streetscapes and architecture,” adding that at least one must be installed at or near all of Jersey City’s PATH stations, the Martin Luther King Drive and West Side Avenue Hudson-Bergen Light Rail stops, and at least two Jersey City Housing Authority complexes. The RFP also required applicants to include at least one kiosk per ward in their proposal.
Smart City Media was awarded the contract earlier this year. The company has also installed CityPost kiosks in cities like Little Rock, Kansas City, and Louisville.
Smart City – CityPost Information Kiosks Coming to Jersey City’s Streets was last modified: August 22nd, 2018 by Kiosk Industry
AV solutions designer and manufacturer creates city center hub with all weather-rated solution
Featuring an Xtreme™ High Bright Outdoor Display, the Smart City Kiosk is an all weather-rated solution ideal for sharing community information, travel, and weather details, as well as wayfinding, advertising, entertainment, and more.
AURORA, Ill. – August 15, 2018 – Peerless-AV®, an award-winning designer and manufacturer of innovative audio and video solutions and accessories, is pleased to announce its Smart City Kiosk (KOP2549-XHB, KOP2555-XHB).
With a focus on functionality and aesthetics, the Smart City Kiosk is designed to be modern, approachable, practical, and endure the rigors of everyday use when unattended. The new all weather-rated solution is ideal for sharing community information, travel, and weather details, as well as wayfinding, advertising, entertainment, and more.
The Smart City Kiosk includes an Xtreme™ High Bright Outdoor Display with full HD1080p resolution for a bright crisp picture, even in direct sunlight. In addition, an optional 10-point IR touch overlay makes the kiosk interactive for all users.
Featuring a curved, modular design that seamlessly blends into any city or town set-up, the Smart City Kiosk offers quick access to the display for maintenance without disturbing any adjacent units. Plus, installation is easy, without the need for cranes or forklifts.
Additional key Smart City benefits include:
An aesthetically-pleasing, elegant minimalistic design
Fully sealed display requiring no air conditioners or fans for cooling
Sealed media storage area protected with PermaFlo® filter and cooling fans to prevent the ingress of dust and water
Ability to customize with paint colors for the legs, roof, and base, leg design shape, touch overlay, camera, and more
No additional layer between the display and enclosure
Standard design that is easily deployable and ready to ship
Integration services offered by Peerless-AV
“When designing our new Smart City Kiosk, we focused heavily on the features that would be useful for all stakeholders – cities/towns, citizens and visitors, and integrators,” said Brian McClimans, Vice President of Sales for Americas and APAC, Peerless-AV. “This kiosk can be used for wayfinding, contacting emergency facilities, sharing important town information like details on restaurants, local attractions, and events, providing up-to-date public transportation news, introducing interesting city facts, and even games. Plus, with an all-weather, rugged design and the ability to implement data collection sensors, the Smart City Kiosk offers something for everyone. Towns can manage resources appropriately and communicate with citizens, visitors and the community can learn more about the city, and integrators can easily install and maintain the kiosk.”
Available in 49″, 55″, and soon 65”, the Smart City Kiosk can withstand winds up to 140 mph, making it usable in any city or town for a range of applications, such as retail, government, corporate, hospitality, stadium, and university settings.
For over 75 years, passion and innovation continue to drive Peerless-AV forward. We proudly design and manufacture the highest quality products, ranging from outdoor displays to complete kiosk solutions, digital signage mounts to wireless systems. Whether a full-scale global deployment or custom project, Peerless-AV develops meaningful relationships and delivers world-class service. In partnership with Peerless-AV, you are trusting an award-winning team of experts who will support your business every step of the way. For more information, visit peerless-av.com.
FRAMINGHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–International Data Corporation (IDC) today published an IDC Innovators report profiling four providers that are considered key emerging vendors in the Smart City kiosks market. The four companies named as IDC Innovators are CIVIQ Smartscapes, Smart City Media, SmartLINK, and Soofa.
Smart City kiosks are specifically designed units, most of which include (interactive) display panels for local information, Wi-Fi signaling, and emergency call services. Kiosks typically use advertising as a revenue model while providing the public with a variety of information and services. Smart City kiosks also use sensors and digital platforms to collect street-level data and engage local residents, businesses, and tourists throughout the city. IDC believes that Smart City kiosks are important civic engagement tools that enable cities to collect, analyze, and share information as well as offer services such as Wi-Fi and phone charging.
“As cities look for ways to provide ubiquitous public Wi-Fi, market local businesses, generate new revenue opportunities, and provide quick access to services and information for the public, Smart City kiosks are emerging as a one-stop shop for these services,” said Ruthbea Yesner, vice president of IDC’s Government Insights and Smart Cities practice. “The fact that they offer ad-based revenue opportunities makes them an attractive option to extend urban services to the hyper-local level.”
CIVIQ Smartscapes offers several smart kiosk solutions, each of which is designed to address urban needs ranging from improving city mobility and wayfinding to public Wi-Fi offerings, emergency alert systems, smart lighting, and environmental monitoring.
Smart City Media offers a platform for Internet and mobile applications, IoT sensors, and location-based media with the aim of engaging local residents, empowering small business owners, and helping tourists maximize their visits.
SmartLINK kiosks can provide events monitoring, security alerting, Wi-Fi, wayfinding, communications, environmental monitoring, and traffic study solutions that deliver usable data for the city along with several revenue generating options to fit the city’s needs.
Soofa uses a Web-based platform that allows locals to share information with each other and cities to communicate directly with residents about local events, emergencies, and other relevant information with no installation cost to the city.
Four Providers of Smart City Kiosks Named IDC Innovators | Business Wire was last modified: July 12th, 2018 by Kiosk Industry