Local authorities in New York City have planned to replace its old payphones with 32inch touch based smart screens. A pilot program will start next month in which 250 traditional payphones will be replaced by tablet like screens that would have broadband connection and much more.
These smart screens will have access to city’s 311 information and complaint helpline. Also, an access to Skype, personal emails, information about local restaurants, touring spots, traffic updates, and nearby stores, all will be embedded in these booths. All will be available in multiple languages.
Under the new technology the authorities are also willing to turn these booths into Wi-Fi hotspots, giving internet access to nearby people wirelessly. The new tablet devices will be dust and water proof.
City21x7, in charge of installing and looking after this technology, will give the city 36% of the total ad revenue generated by displaying local ads through these booths.