(SUN-MICROSYSTEMS)(SUNW) San Diego Utilizes Java Technology Kiosks to Host Super Bowl Fans in Style
(Business Wire; 01/16/98)
SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 16, 1998--
First Municipal Installation of Java(TM) Technology Kiosks Will Inform Super Bowl Visitors About Events and Activities
To accommodate the more than 100,000 football fans expected to flood its streets and businesses for Super Bowl XXXII, San Diego is deploying 24 computer kiosks throughout the city that will provide information to visitors about
Super Bowl activities and San Diego attractions.
The San Diego Data Processing Corp. is working with its technology allies, American Digital Network, Apunix Computer Services and Sun Microsystems, to launch the Access San Diego Java(TM) technology kiosks during the 10 days leading up to the Super Bowl.
The kiosks are simple, easy-to-use touchscreen devices that will allow visitors to quickly access desired information on a variety of topics, including Super Bowl and city events, recreation facilities, maps, as well as information on San Diego businesses and government
agencies. Residents and visitors can view up-to-the-minute weather and traffic conditions and will be able to plan their daily schedule with Super Bowl and city events by accessing a calendar customized to their individual interest. San Diegans will also have easy access to information about local government officials and services. In addition, business people can access San Diego economic information useful for job hunting and planning business relocations.
"The installation of this Java technology kiosk network allows the city of San Diego to showcase its reputation as a forward-thinking, tech-savvy municipality at this high profile event," said Roger Talamantez, CEO and President of the San Diego Data Processing Corp. "These kiosks will also help San Diego in achieving one of its most important objectives this month -- making sure that all visitors get the most out of their San Diego Super Bowl experience."
Partnership of Private and Public Sectors
The launch of these kiosks has been a collaborative effort between leading technology companies and the San Diego Data Processing Corp.(SDDPC), a non- profit company owned by the City of San Diego. Sun Microsystems supplied the
hardware and Java technology expertise. Apunix Computer Services is providing the Java technology-based kiosk application software for the project and is integrating all of the NFL-provided information into the kiosk network.
American Digital Network designed and integrated the citywide digital network infrastructure, which provides the communications backbone for the system and delivers the overall connectivity between the 24 kiosks, the Internet and the central database server.
Additional technology suppliers are also assisting in the installation. Bay Networks has assisted in providing networking equipment, Elo TouchSystems
has provided its IntelliTouch Surface-Wave touchscreen technology, and Oracle has provided its database software.
SDDPC Looks to Flexibility of Java Technology for Kiosk Network
This installation is the first large-scale, municipal deployment of information kiosks that are entirely based on the Java platform and programming language which enables "Write Once, Run Anywhere(TM)" computing. This functionality allows applications to be deployed to any computing platform without costly and time-consuming modifications. The flexible Java platform allowed the creators of the San Diego Super Bowl kiosk network to connect a complex combination of existing back-end hardware and databases very quickly.
Java technology will, in addition, reduce the cost of kiosk maintenance and content development. The San Diego Data Processing Corp. currently maintains several PC-based information kiosks throughout the City of San Diego, but is looking for a more cost effective solution. The Java platform has the capability to quickly and easily update content over the network from a central
office location or through a Web front-end application.
Access San Diego Super Bowl Kiosk Locations
Kiosks will be located in major public areas, including the popular Gas Lamp Quarter and Sea Port Village Shopping Center, as well as the San Diego Convention Center which will serve as the NFL Media Center. Major hotels,
including the Sheraton Grande and the Hyatt Regency, will also host kiosks for public use. Additional kiosks will be located at the City Administration Building at Civic Center Plaza.
More information on the Access San Diego Java technology kiosks can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.sddpc.org/kiosks .
San Diego's "City of the Future" Campaign
San Diego Data Processing Corp.'s early assessment of Java technology public information kiosks is fitting with its reputation as an innovative information technology company. In 1993, San Diego Mayor Susan Golding created
the Mayor's Advisory Committee on the City of the Future to ensure that the San
Diego community would understand how to take advantage of advanced telecommunications services and to foster cooperation between public and private sectors to build the information infrastructure.
In addition, Mayor Golding has supported kiosk, public access and Internet programs as part of San Diego's "The First Great City of the 21st Century" initiative. The Super Bowl kiosk project will better enable the San Diego Data Processing Corp. to accurately estimate the costs as well as the benefits of kiosks in providing government information and services to the public.
About San Diego Data Processing Corp. (SDDPC)
Since 1979, SDDPC has provided information services to local and regional government agencies. SDDPC is a nonprofit, public-benefit Corp. owned by the City of San Diego. SDDPC has developed more than 65 major business systems for virtually every department within the City of San Diego organization, and over 40 other city, county, state and federal agencies. As part of an ongoing effort to provide superior information systems and telecommunications services, SDDPC is pleased to provide online access to information regarding business opportunities with the company at http://www.sddpc.org .
About American Digital Network
Founded in June 1995, American Digital Network (ADN) is a leading Internetworking technology company. ADN is unique in that it offers businesses a single source for all of the services and products necessary to develop and implement state-of-the-art network, Internet, intranet, extranet and virtual private network strategies.
The company's custom solutions encompass network integration including design, implementation and maintenance; software products and services including custom intranet/extranet applications, E-commerce solutions and Web site development; as well as complete connectivity services including high- speed reliable network access and Web/server hosting and management. ADN can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.adnc.net .
About Apunix Computer Services
Apunix has been providing leading edge hardware and software for the UNIX(TM) marketplace for over 17 years. In addition to Apunix's state of the art Java kiosks, the company has developed an enterprise-ready photo ID system that can be integrated with kiosks. Apunix also is an industry leader in developing and marketing imaging, backup, and archiving and multimedia solutions. More information on Apunix can be found at http://www.apunix.com .
About Sun Microsystems Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision, "The Network Is The Computer(TM)," has propelled Sun Microsystems Inc. (NASDAQ:SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of hardware, software and services for establishing enterprise wide intranets and expanding the power of the Internet. With more than $8.5 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than 150 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://www.sun.com . -0-
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