Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced his new Interactive Electronic Kiosk
project, which will be unveiled early next year. As part of the Mayor's latest attempt to
make City Services more accessible to the public, these Kiosks will allow residents
and tourists to fully interact with City Services and obtain up to the minute information
about restaurants, hotels, visitor services and much more.
Mayor Menino said, "Making information available to visitors and residents has long
been a priority of my administration. By introducing this new medium to the public we
are providing a vital link to all that Boston has to offer."
A network of Interactive Kiosks will be launched throughout Boston's downtown and
within each of the City's Neighborhoods. The Kiosks will provide fully automated
services to residents and visitors 24 hours a day seven days a week.
The City will be working closely with a variety of agencies to ensure that the project is a
success, including the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, the MBTA and others.
"We are proud to be a partner in this innovative program. This will become a state-of-the-art
extension of our official visitor and resident information network, said Patrick B. Moscaritolo,
President and CEO, The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The cost of the program will be financed by on screen advertisements that will be
coordinated by JCDecaux Interactive who will be working closely with the City's
Management and Information Services Department. JCDecaux is known for their
presence in cities such as Paris, Brussels and San Francisco for their public
street furniture programs.
Boston will be the first city to launch this new technology. The Kiosk will integrate
with future street furniture programs that are currently under review by City agencies.