Smart City – Greater Cincinnati
Newport will have kiosks offering free Wi-Fi by the end of the year.
The location and number of kiosks have yet to be determined, said City Manager Tom Fromme.
The city is working with Newport-based technology company Nexigen to install the kiosks over the next year. Talks between the two entities began when the city wanted to improve internet access for school children.
“These kids have iPads they take home with them, but a lot of them don’t have Wi-Fi at home,” Fromme said. “We need ways to expand Wi-Fi in Newport.”
The city and Nexigen hope to pay for the Wi-Fi via online advertising that would appear on users computers. Each kiosk would need 400 people to view the ads a day to make it profitable, the city and company have determined.
The city will also look at offering electric vehicle charging stations at the kiosks as well as some city services, such as online permit applications.
“You’re only limited by your imagination,” Fromme said.
The City of Cincinnati is interested in similar technology. Council’s Neighborhoods Committee heard a presentation about the program on Monday. Officials said by November they’ll put out a call for proposals.
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