Wifi Kiosks — Google’s City-Fixing ‘Sidewalk Labs’
Nearly a year after launching, Google’s urban-facing initiative has hired a team and is getting to work.
What is Google doing with the data I wonder? Meanwhile, the LinkNYC project is rolling forward. More than a dozen “links” are active along Manhattan’s Third Avenue, with another dozen coming soon. The plan is to expand to 7,500 within a few years. The kiosks don’t just spew WiFi like an open hydrant shoots water; they also gather intelligence on what’s happening around them—traffic patterns, noise levels, and air quality. “No static study will match that kind of tool,” Kaufman says. And cities around the world are interested in setting up similar networks.