Metrobus bringing smart kiosks to St. John's
Partnership with Bell Canada part of a wider Smart City initiative
(June 14, 2018, St. John's, NL)
Soon you'll be able to access Wi-Fi networks and interactive way-finding signage, charge your phone, contact 911 emergency services or obtain Metrobus information while you're out and about or waiting at a bus stop in St. John's. Metrobus is partnering with Bell Canada on a three year pilot project to install touch-screen smart kiosks that will offer all these features, part of a wider Smart City initiative under development with Bell and Metrobus.
"This technology will improve and enhance service by providing information to our customers where and when they are looking for it," said Metrobus General Manager, Judy Powell. 'Our partnership with Bell will also begin to establish free Wi-Fi access throughout our kiosk service area."
St. John’s is the first city in Canada to deploy Bell's new smart kiosks. Housed in a secure, weatherproof aluminum structure, the Wi-Fi enabled kiosks feature two 55-inch (140 cm) LED touch screens, are accessible, have buttons with braille, and don't obstruct pedestrian flow on sidewalks. Customers can access Wi-Fi within about 70 metres of the kiosk.
"Bell is proud to partner with Metrobus to introduce both residents and visitors to the many benefits that smart kiosks will bring to St. John's," said Bell Senior Vice President Gary Semplonius. "We look forward to our continuing partnership in the months ahead to ensure St. John's remains at the forefront of deploying Smart City technology."
The first of five kiosks has been installed and is operational near the bus shelter on Torbay Road next to the Homeport Hotel. A second kiosk will soon be installed across the street from this location, and three
additional kiosks will be added this summer in key areas including downtown and Kelsey Drive.
The smart kiosks are intended to be self-sustaining by providing a new transit advertising revenue tool for Metrobus. Staff will monitor the success of the program throughout the pilot project.