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Art Commission gives preliminary OK to 100 digital ad 'Links' connecting public to free WiFi

Date: October 10, 2017

Summary:
The Philadelphia Art Commission granted conceptual approval to a plan to bring advertising kiosks, called Links, to commercial corridors in the City of Philadelphia.

Body:
The Philadelphia Art Commission granted conceptual approval to a plan to bring advertising kiosks, called Links, to commercial corridors in the City of Philadelphia.

The kiosks would include two LED screens on either side of the structure that will be used for advertising. The narrow side facing the sidewalk would offer Android tablets for informational purposes and placing phone and video calls. The Links would also feature emergency call buttons and USB ports for charging. The kiosks would also serve as public WiFi hotspots.

Intersection said that the Links would provide gigabit WiFi 100 times faster than LTE speed.

In order to access the network, users would provide an email one time. After that, their devices would automatically connected when in range. The network aims to provide seamless transitions between kiosks, so that users walking down the street don’t have to constantly reconnect.

The proposal was presented by the city's Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (OTIS) in conjunction with Intersection, an advertising firm that focuses on billboards and other outdoor advertisements. Intersection signed a deal with the city to build and maintain around 600 new SEPTA bus shelters, which feature digital advertisements.

For how the revenue will be distributed, go to PlanPhilly.com.

 

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