City of St. Catharines and Bell Canada team up for smart kiosk pilot project

A new partnership between the City of St. Catharines and Bell Canada will bring smart technology to the street.

As part of a pilot project, kiosks will be installed downtown offering free wifi access, charging stations, interactive wayfinding signage, and information about the city.

The kiosks will stand a little taller than a basketball net and feature two LED touch screens, two USB charging ports, and a call 9-1-1 button. Visitors will be able to tap into the wifi within 70 metres of the kiosks.

By the end of May, the first installation across from City Hall should be complete. Montebello Park and Market Square have also been selected as kiosk locations.

"Our partnership with Bell is another step St. Catharines is taking to become the most dynamic, innovative, sustainable and livable city in North America,” said Mayor Walter Sendzik. “St. Catharines will be among the first cities in Canada to make a smart kiosk available to its residents. Innovations like this put the ‘smart city’ buzzword into action by creating opportunities for the City and our residents."

"Bell is proud to partner with the City of St. Catharines to ensure residents and visitors to the downtown core have easy access both to the latest in mobile connectivity and to all that the city has to offer," said Bell Senior Vice President Gary Semplonius. "With our industry-leading capital investments in new network technologies, Bell is committed to ensuring our country remains a leader in digital communications at the global level, and that innovative Canadian centres like St. Catharines are able to take full advantage of the broadband opportunity."