New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio cut the proverbial ribbon on LinkNYC, an ambitious new plan to replace over 7,500 old payphone booths across the city’s five boroughs with free and lightning-fast Wi-Fi. Packed with technology that ranges from Qualcomm Snapdragon processors and Qualcomm Quick Charge USB ports, to Qualcomm VIVE 11ac Wi-Fi solution with Qualcomm MU|EFX Multi-User MIMO technology, these Links are the next step in laying the groundwork for connectivity in the age of the smart city.
Users can connect to the internet, make VoIP calls, and charge their devices for free. Each Link includes an Android tablet that provides free Internet browsing, access to city services, and maps and directions. (For security purposes, the tablets will time out; and after a minute of no activity, all cookies are deleted.)
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"Today's a great day for New York City's digital future... a new era for connectivity,” said Mayor De Blasio. He was joined by Kiva Allgood, Qualcomm Vice President, Smart Cities and Industrial IoT. City residents and tech journalists gathered to witness the unveiling, excited to experience lightning-fast connectivity—and to witness what’s replacing the iconic phone booth.