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Dallas public transit agency upgrades kiosks to become touchless

Interactive Citypost smart digital kiosks at Dallas Area Rapid Transit bus and light rail stations have been upgraded to be contactless to help address Covid-19 concerns.

 

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The Citypost kiosks will be touchless to help reduce spread of the virus
The Citypost kiosks will be touchless to help reduce spread of the virus

Interactive smart digital kiosks at Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) bus and light rail stations have been upgraded to be contactless to help address Covid-19 concerns in north Texas.

 

The system upgrade of the Citypost kiosks makes all DART broadcast content contactless and viewable from mobile devices through embedded QR code activation.

 

Smart City Media (SCM) managed the feature development to help as DART responded quickly to passengers’ needs – fusing critical transportation services, access to opportunities and public health preservation.

 

Kiosk network

 

DART, SCM, and Landmark Infrastructure Partners deployed the new kiosk network in February with a broader goal of bridging the digital divide by providing information and digital connectivity at mass transit stops.

 

The kiosks, which are interactive alert stations housing smart city technology, provide transit alert data, route and community billboard information, hyperlocal advertisements, and will soon also offer 5G connectivity as well as public wi-fi to riders.

 

“The process began in March, when SCM began sharing public health information about Covid-19 from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other trusted sources,” said Tom Touchet, CEO of Smart City Media.

 

“That said, with Covid-19, one of the biggest public concerns is the transfer of the virus by touch. We wanted to help address that directly without any disruption of the valuable information we’re providing for the community.”

 

According to SCM, its work for DART in north Texas is a sampling of its wider initiative to broaden government policy forums, enhance digital broadcasts and create opportunities for collaboration and commerce while adhering to six-foot safety zones.

“With Covid-19, one of the biggest public concerns is the transfer of the virus by touch. We wanted to help address that directly without any disruption of the valuable information we’re providing for the community”

Citypost, which has a presence in more than 30 major US cities, collaborates with local firms and uses Internet of Things (IoT) technology to provide digital displays in high-traffic areas.

 

SCM said it is also working in other regions to perfect a variation of the kiosk which integrates cameras, temperature sensors and artificial intelligence to expand access to public health screenings.

 

The company reports that it expects organisations to begin deploying public health variations of the kiosk within weeks.

 

Dallas Area Rapid Transit is the public transit agency for Dallas and 12 surrounding North Texas cities. It operates a multi-modal network of buses, light rail, Trinity Railway Express commuter rail and paratransit.

 

Landmark Infrastructure Partners owns and manages a portfolio of real property interests and infrastructure assets that the partnership leases to companies in the wireless communication, outdoor advertising, and renewable power generation industries.

 

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