Last year, New York City introduced LinkNYC, its innovative plan to turn the city’s ailing payphone infrastructure into a network of 10,000 gigabit Wi-Fi hotspots. Google just bought into the key players behind the plan, and hopes to help scale the model to more cities.
Today, the New York City mayor's office announced the winning bid to transform the city's existing payphone infrastructure. LinkNYC will bring free gigabit Wi-Fi connectivity to some 7000 street towers. It's one of the largest and most ambitious citywide Wi-Fi networks in the world.
New York subway riders first were promised futuristic touchscreen wayfinding maps a year ago. But the plan to install the futuristic infrastructure stalled as the design team took a step back to improve the hardware. Six months overdue, the first batch is finally live in Grand Central Station. They were worth the wait.
Over the last few weeks you might've heard about the ultra-futuristic information kiosks recently developed for the New York City subway system. It's sci-fi stuff, thoroughly modernizing the arteries of an often creaky metropolis. And we headed down to New York's financial district to check out a working prototype…