Photo: CIVIQ Smartscapes
Miami-Dade County officials were looking for an innovative technology solution that could serve an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse population of 2.5 million residents and also accommodate and help a growing number of international visitor and tourists. With the 14th largest transit system in the United States, the region needed to find ways to elevate its regional transit experience, increase Internet access for residents, streamline bus trips and transfers, and communicate critical information to citizens. Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and the board of County Commissioners teamed up with Intel and Boston-based CIVIQ Smartscapes to provide a countywide public kiosk solution that could deliver the information and data that residents need to navigate daily life—all at a reasonable cost.
CIVIQ decided to fund the solution installation and maintenance through digital advertising and bore the upfront rollout costs. With this strategy, Miami-Dade can count on an ongoing revenue stream from the project. “We look forward to improving the lives of citizens and delivering free Wi-Fi, digital county services and mobility across transit—all at zero net cost to taxpayers,” says county commission chairman Esteban Bovo, in a case study reported by Intel@IoT.
Intelligent Urban Infrastructure
One of Miami-Dade’s biggest challenges, specifically in the transportation sector, is accommodating for the region’s sprawling population growth. CIVIQ and Intel collaborated to create a solution that provides intelligent urban infrastructure throughout the entire county.
The solution has a combination of software, hardware, Wi-Fi and IoT technology. CIVIQ’s hardware, an interactive public WayPoint, and the CIVIQ Control Center are supported by integrated software and a highly secure VPN, all running on Intel processors. CIVIQ’s plan includes installation of up to 300 digital WayPoints that provide free public Wi-Fi. The rollout includes more than 1,000 Wi-Fi devices in public transit vehicles and an additional set of 51 Wi-Fi devices for transit stations.
The Birth of the Smart City Ecosystem
The project officially began in May, as the first CIVIQ WayPoint was installed at the Government Center in Miami Dade. This installation was dubbed by CIVIQ as the “world’s first fully integrated smart city ecosystem.” The purpose of the WayPoint installations throughout the county is three-fold:
● Provide high-speed, free and accessible Wi-Fi to the general public
● Provide recently updated transportation information to encourage higher use of the county’s public transportation services
● Provide community-wide emergency alerts for residents to increase security and safety.
The WayPoint communication hubs contain Intel Core™ processors with Intel vPro™ technology. An IoT gateway seamlessly filters and routes edge data from the kiosks and sensors, enabling actionable intelligence at the edge. The kiosks have high-definition, 55-inch touchscreens that illuminate various types of content, including advertising, public service announcements, local transit time data and other pertinent information.
Additional specifications and features include:
● High-speed USB chargers
● Support for near real-time analytics
● High brightness screens to accommodate for a variety of climates
● Draggable subway maps to help users find the best route to destinations
● City safety information
Photo: CIVIQ Smartscapes WayPoint
According to Michael Foley, Chief Operating Officer of CIVIQ Smartscapes, “CIVIQ’s WayPoints are very robust, durable devices, designed to have a 10- to 20-year lifecycle. It’s important that the uptime remains high. They’re also designed and built to be scalable, as new technology comes into play. When new partners come up with new devices—whether for traffic management or security—we can add these to the system. We’re creating a robust, scalable structure for the future.”
George Burciaga, the Managing Director of Global Government Development and Innovation at CIVIQ Smartscapes, said in a statement, “CIVIQ’s solution focuses on the heartbeat of every city, its people. Our technology delivers a new model of engagement and solves important challenges that every community faces—in communications, public Wi-Fi, safety and transportation.”
Find Your Way with WayPoint
To find out more information about these Intel-powered kiosks and their applications within the expanding technology-based urban experience, watch this video. Read the Intel case study about the CIVIQ Smartscapes rollout in Miami-Dade. View the spec sheet on CIVIQ WayPoint.