It’s known by many as the city that never sleeps and with a population of over 8 million people, that’s probably true. It’s a vibrant and electric social hub and with this constant need of interconnectivity, it’s no wonder that New York is upgrading to free Wi-Fi phone booths.
According to recent reports, the famous city of lights will be replacing all of their 7,500 pay phones with high-tech kiosks that will offer a state-of-the-art communications system for all their inhabitants.
This ambitious infrastructural plan is called LinkNYC and it will include a range of public free services, such as charging ports for mobile phones, high-speed Wi-Fi, phone calls and even tablets that people can use to check e-mails, visit websites or search for directions.
These devices have already been included in more than 12 kiosks from Third Avenue, between 15th and 42nd streets, but the city is planning to add them in every public phone booth.
These tablets were designed by Intersection and they are said to be waterproof and resist temperatures ranging from -4°F to 104°F. They are also capable of withstanding accidents such as car crashes or various collisions.
Their practicality is said to extend beyond the ordinary Internet use. Citizens will be able to learn about various local issues or main events and even get involved in participatory budgeting. They will be upgraded constantly in order to incorporate various services, such as video calling.
Of course, some people are wondering how the user’s privacy and confidentiality fits in this whole equation, because when you use a public device in order to access certain services and you enter your log-in credentials, there are bound to be some security concerns.
However, the tablet’s developers have managed to create a solution for this problem, by removing all cookies and personal data after one minute of inactivity.
Furthermore, if you are planning to use the device in order to make phone calls and you are worried about passersby listening in on your conversation, there is a headphone jack at your disposal, waiting to make your phone chat as private as possible.
These innovative phone booths will also include a 911 button, which people can use for emergency calls. The Wi-Fi connectivity is said to extend between 150-400 feet, although interference is a factor that should be considered here.
If you want to learn more about this project, you can visit this website, which will guide you throughout the whole experience.
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