Miami-Dade, Florida officials question Wi-Fi kiosks contract
Miami-Dade County, Florida officials have raised questions about a proposed deal with Civiq Smartscapes LLC to provide up to 300 informational kiosks with Wi-Fi hot spots at bus stops and Metrorail stations across the county, according to Miami Today. The contract, which Kioskmarketplace reported last month, has already cleared the county’s transit and mobility services committee, but was bounced off the county commissioners' agenda in late December because it was brought up too late.
In addition to the kiosks, the company would provide 1,099 Wi-Fi devices with free service on all Metrobus and Metrorail vehicles, and 51 devices to provide free Wi-Fi at all Metromover and Metrorail stations.
The county commissioners’ main concern was whether the county would have to repay Civiq for its capital investment if either the company pulls out or the county cancels the contract for failure to perform. They were assured that if the company leaves voluntarily, the county will not be forced to buy the equipment, but would have the option.