Thursday January 22 3:32 PM PST
San Diego wired for Super Bowl
By Charlie Babcock
As 100,000 Super Bowl fans descend on San Diego this weekend, they are finding 24 computer kiosks around the city providing National Football League information, scheduled events, city maps, and weather and traffic conditions over the Internet.
The kiosks are located at the city's administration building, and the Hyatt Corp. Regency and ITT Sheraton Corp. Grande Hotel properties. They are also scattered around such tourist attractions as the Gas Lamp Quarter and the Sea Port Village Shopping Center.
The kiosks contain touch-sensitive screens backed by a Java application that can tailor responses to the individual using the kiosk, according to Roger Talamantez, president of San Diego Data Processing Corp., a unit owned by the city that supplies computing services to city departments and neighboring municipalities.
The nonprofit corporation received hardware and Java technical advice from Sun Microsystems Inc. and has put information on the Web at www.sddpc.org/kiosks, Talamantez said.
The city also received technical assistance from Apunix Computer Services, which provided the Java applications. The kiosks are connected to a city-maintained Oracle Corp. database management system over a network established by American Digital Network.
San Diego Data Processing can be reached at www.sddpc.org
Sun can be reached at www.sun.com
Apunix can be reached at www.apunix.com
American Digital Network can be reached at www.adnc.net