First of 45 hi-tech ‘LinkNWK’ kiosks installed offering free wi-fi, calls, mobile charging
Published October 17, 2018 | Manny Faces
A LinkNWK kiosk on Broad Street at Military Park. Photo via cities.link
Newark joins New York and London as cities that have installed “Link” kiosks along pedestrian thoroughfares, providing high-speed wifi, mobile phone charging, free domestic phone calls, navigation assistance and more, all at no cost to users or taxpayers.
The first of Newark’s 45 planned kiosks are already starting to appear around the downtown district, and will eventually be sprinkled throughout all of the city’s five wards.
Mayor Ras Baraka praised the kiosks as another notable step in Newark’s growing reputation as a technological hub. “Newark is once again defining itself to the state, nation, and world as a cutting-edge, high-tech city. These kiosks will enable residents and visitors alike to gain immediate information about Newark, ranging from upcoming cultural events to emergency service response,” said Mayor Baraka. “We are the only city in the entire state and the second in the nation to provide these services, and every person who uses one of these kiosks will not only gain the services they need, but learn something more important: Newark is a world-class urban leader.”
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Aside from the wi-fi, phone call, and charging functions, these sleek kiosks will provide community-oriented information, including upcoming events and information on tuition-free technology training from local organizations HYCIDE, Newark Happening and Per Scholas. The cost of the kiosks is covered by advertising, ensuring that residents, visitors, and commuters are able to take advantage of these services at no cost.
Newark Community Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Aisha Glover also highlighted the positive impact of the LinkNWK kiosks will have on the city. “We’re excited to continue to build upon Newark’s reputation as a tech hub. With major anchors and corporations like NJIT, Audible, Panasonic and Newark Venture Partners, as well as robust data infrastructure, we continue to bring Newark and its residents to the forefront of innovation,” said Ms. Glover. “We are equally excited that LinkNWK is another feather in our tech cap.”
NJIT, which also partnered in bringing the LinkNWK kiosk project to life, will continue to explore added ways the kiosks can benefit Newark residents. “We will work with developers, researchers, and entrepreneurs to expand the capabilities and the utility of the LinkNWK kiosks and to integrate them with apps and other tools that will be of value to citizens,” said NJIT President Joel S. Bloom. “We envision possibilities that will improve transportation, community health, education, public safety, real estate development, and many other aspects of business and life throughout our city’s downtown and its wards.”
For more information about Intersection, the company behind the kiosks, visit their website.