The Links replace the city's network of 9,000 to 13,000 payphones, a contract for which expired in October 2014. The LinkNYC kiosks were devised after the government of New York City held several competitions to replace the payphone system.
The most recent competition, in 2014, resulted in the contract being awarded to the CityBridge consortium comprising Qualcomm; Titan and Control Group, which now make up Intersection; and CIVIQ Smartscapes.
LinkNYC is the Wi-Fi network New Yorkers deserve: the largest, fastest municipal Wi-Fi network in the world - and you won't need to insert a quarter in the slot, because it's completely free. LinkNYC bring us a couple steps closer to our goal of leveling the playing field and providing every New Yorker with access to the most important tool of the 21st century.
The project brings free, encrypted,gigabitwireless internet coverage to thefive boroughsby converting old payphones intoWi-Fi hotspotswhere free phone calls could also be made. As of July 2017, there are 920 Links citywide; eventually, there will be 7,500 Links installed in theNew York metropolitan area, making the system the world's fastest and most expansive. Intersection has also installed InLinks in cities across the UK. The Links are seen as a model for future city builds as part ofsmart citydata pools and infrastructure.
The current Praevar standard product platform that would be suitable for this application is the PODIUM, utilizing Direct-Air-Cooled thermal management within a double sided 55" portrait sunlight readable display system.
Custom variants of this platform may be configured to offer all the attributes and features of the LinkNYC product, within a proprietary styled exterior cabinet.
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