Newark joins the cities of New York, London and Philadelphia in deploying the kiosks
Newark, New Jersey, has announced plans to deploy 45 kiosks across the city that offer free gigabit wi-fi, mobile device charging, and other digital services.
The US city has partnered with smart cities technology and media company, Intersection, for the smart city programme known as LinkNWK (pronounced Link Newark).
When LinkNWK is installed, Newark will join New York, London, and Philadelphia in rolling out the communications network of sidewalk kiosks.
The programme will run on Newark Fibre, the city’s public-private gigabit data network. Alongside wi-fi, other features include free phone calls to anywhere in the US, access to municipal services, maps and directions, and real-time local information on city streets.
LinkNWK will be the result of a collaboration between Newark, the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation (NCEDC), and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) to enable city residents to benefit from Newark Fibre.
“LinkNWK is only possible in Newark because of our incredible dark fibre and technology assets,” said Mayor Ras J Baraka. “What you’re seeing is another example of how Newark residents benefit from the city’s tech infrastructure and accelerating growth as a technology hub.”
The initial investment of 45 kiosks will be installed throughout Newark, encompassing areas around Newark Penn Station, the Prudential Centre, along Broad Street, Market Street, Martin Luther King Boulevard, and Irvine Turner Boulevard.
Kiosks will also be installed on neighbourhood corridors like Clinton Ave, Ferry Street, South Orange Avenue, and Bloomfield Avenue. Kiosks will be placed in every one of Newark’s five wards.
LinkNWK will be free to all residents and visitors as it will be supported through advertising on the Link displays. In addition to covering the costs of building, installing, maintaining, and upgrading LinkNWK, advertising is expected to generate revenue for NCEDC and the city to help fund other smart infrastructure programmes.
NJIT will also partner with Intersection to help explore innovative use cases for the Links.
“With its growing tech community, renowned academic institutions, and key investments in municipal fiber, Newark is a perfect partner for the Link programme,” added Ari Buchalter, CEO of Intersection.
“As we’ve seen in New York City and London, providing free high-speed wi-fi, digital services, and engaging content on city streets enriches the experience of the city for residents, workers, and visitors. We are thrilled to welcome Newark to the growing network of Link cities looking to modernise and improve the urban experience.”
Intersection provides the software, content, and advertising, and oversees deployment, maintenance, and overall programme management for Link in all cities. Kiosks are manufactured by Civiq Smartscapes.
Intersection claims to have deployed more than 1,600 kiosks in New York City, through the CityBridge joint venture with Qualcomm and Comark and in London with partners Primesight and BT, with more expected to be deployed over the next few years.
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