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New York, NY - City Replaces 250 Payphones with iPad-Like Screens

Published on: November 20, 2012 09:36 PM
By: AP
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New York, NY - Old phone booths in Manhattan’s Union Square are getting a modern makeover. Smart screens there display real-time local-based services, community information, current events and entertainment listings.

It’s called City24/7, which also is the name of a media and content company.

The private-public partnership also includes the city Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group and LG Electronics USA.

The screens have been installed at 10 payphones. Another 240 will go up throughout the city in the next few months. They’re available in multiple languages and equipped with features for the disabled.

Multiple mobile apps are accessible through the 32-inch screens. Content also is fed directly to mobile and web platforms.

City24/7 eventually will be expanded to more than a dozen U.S. and foreign cities.


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 Nov 20, 2012 at 10:03 PM DRE53 Says:

Many will now be afraid to let their kids out on the street alone not wanting them to read all the shmutz on these "smart screens"

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 10:56 PM M1 Says:

I give them one wk & someone's walking off with them

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 11:20 PM GevalDigeh Says:

What a waste of money. Like no ine has a smar phone nowadays. What a joke. Just save this money fir more cops. That is what we need nowadays

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 03:03 PM cookookajew Says:

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M1 Says:

I give them one wk & someone's walking off with them

"According to Touchet, wherever the screens have been tested, they’ve been treated like a valuable public good by all communities. But he notes the screens were “over-engineered for a reason” and that they can withstand anything New Yorkers throw at them. The platforms can also be easily sprayed clean."

http://gigaom.com/2012/11/20/new-york-city-launches-250-touch-screen-phone-booths/

Clearly, they don't know new yorkers... Frankly I'm surprised I don't hear anything about muni meter vandalism yet.

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 07:25 PM Anonymous Says:

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DRE53 Says:

Many will now be afraid to let their kids out on the street alone not wanting them to read all the shmutz on these "smart screens"

I think they are more concerned with their meeting up with a dangerous individual such as yourself.

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