As part of the city of Mesa’s Smart City strategic plan, the city has partnered with Smart City Media to install 10 dual screen smart digital kiosks throughout downtown Mesa and along the light rail corridor east to Gilbert Road.
The digital kiosks will each offer two 55-inch touch screen displays with “way finding” functionality for people to locate specific businesses or receive Mesa-focused content such as event promotions and safety alerts, according to a release.
“The new kiosks amplify our efforts to engage residents and visitors in innovative ways, while supporting our business community and highlighting the great amenities in Mesa’s downtown,” Mayor John Giles said in the release. “The resources provided through the kiosks will connect our residents, businesses, visitors and stakeholders in one common thread.”
Each offers multi-language support. The kiosks are connected to the city of Mesa’s Wi-Fi network and there is a companion mobile application for both IOS and Android.
“I am very excited to have these kiosks come to downtown Mesa. We have so many businesses, restaurants, breweries, entertainment venues and museums throughout downtown; this will be a fantastic and fun way for everyone who visits the area to find and experience them,” Vice Mayor and District 4 Councilmember Jenn Duff, who represents downtown Mesa, said.
Examples of Mesa-focused content offered by the kiosks include events at the Mesa Convention Center, Mesa Arts Center and downtown museums; mapping to city offices and local resources; public service announcements; and real-time bus and light rail information. In addition, local Mesa businesses will have access to promote and advertise themselves, and the Downtown Mesa Association will have direct access to promote activities and events. One fun part of the kiosks is that they are “selfie” stations giving you the ability to take selfies and send them via email or text.
Smart City Media is providing the kiosks at no cost to the city. The city is installing the kiosks, and the city and Downtown Mesa Association are managing the content.