The interactive kiosks are part of Kansas City’s “Smart City” initiative, which includes the installation of 125 “smart” streetlights along a two-mile stretch of the new KC Streetcar line, a public WiFi network covering nearly three square miles of downtown, and 25 of Meridian’s Presenza outdoor kiosks.
The interactive kiosks, located at Kansas City Streetcar platforms and throughout downtown, allow travelers to check the arrival time of the next streetcar, offer Kansas City locals and tourists access to city services, and display information about local restaurants, activities and events.
“We’re extremely excited to be part of this transformative initiative; it’s a huge technological shift for Kansas City,” said Meridian CEO Chris Gilder. “We had just over three weeks to build, test and install the kiosks. A lot of things had to go right in order for that to happen, but we’re very happy with the outcome.”
Kiosk users can sync their smartphones to the kiosk with a mobile app to save and share information. For example, Kansas City Streetcar travelers might see an ad for dinner at a local restaurant. They’re then able to pull that information onto their mobile device to access again at their convenience. “This is a great way for locals to get involved with their community and for businesses to engage with their customers,” added Gilder.
The outdoor Presenza units are a mix of single and dual sided touch enabled kiosks to allow for maximum interaction with users.
Take a look at the gallery below to see the project from the prototype phase to full deployment.
Want to know more about interactive kiosks and digital signage? Check out “The Complete Guide to Interactive Kiosks and Digital Signage“.