Civiq to put 300 Wi-Fi kiosks in Miami-Dade, Florida, pledges $20 million
Civiq, the company that transformed New York's pay phones into high-tech digital way stations, has negotiated a 15-year deal with Miami-Dade, Florida officials to install up to 300 high-tech kiosks with Wi-Fi hot spots at bus stops and Metrorail stations across the county, according to The Miami Herald.
Civiq will also take over the transit system's current Wi-Fi network on all of its trains, expanding the service to all buses at no charge. The company pays for the equipment and operating expenses through digital advertising on the kiosks, and sees enough profit potential in Miami-Dade that it has pledged to spend $20 million in the county to get the project started.
Executives tout the kiosks as a no-cost way for local governments to bring interactive information stations to their streets and transit centers — as well as an opportunity to use the equipment's sensors to track everything from litter to gunshots to traffic.