Interactive Kiosks Empower DiscoveryMore installations near completion
DART customers soon will see interactive kiosks at more rail stations and bus transfer facilities.
Contractors have installed kiosks at 43 customer facilities as of March 1. Crews are in the process of installing units at 33 stations, which should be completed later this year. An additional 16 locations are in site review and planning.
Each transit facility will have one or more of these 9-foot towers, giving riders new ways to receive information about DART service and nearby destinations.
In total, DART plans to install at least 300 of these interactive systems at its rail stations and bus transfer facilities over the next few years. The agency has approached some of its community partners to identify locations where a DART kiosk could be installed on their properties.
QR codes enable touchless operation
Smart City Media, which manages the content, upgraded DART's system last summer with touchless mobile activation. Now, the interactive touch screens are navigable via smartphone through embedded QR codes for a touch-free experience.
DART has utilized the kiosks to provide information to riders throughout the coronavirus pandemic about cleaning processes, face mask requirements, social distancing and more. As information changes, the agency can push updated content electronically over the internet.
"Our kiosks provide a digital signage function that allows us to convey more messages than we can with a traditional sign," said Chief Marketing Officer Nevin Grinnell.
Interactive tools create customized content
The software can translate information into nine languages, and the customer interface complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Additionally, each unit includes security cameras, can broadcast emergency notifications, and soon will offer 5G connectivity, as well as public Wi-Fi to riders.
Partnerships expand customer resources
DART signed a master lease agreement with LD Flexgrid Dallas LLC - a joint venture of Landmark Infrastructure Partners LP and Smart City Media - for the design, installation and support of the interactive digital kiosks.
The project also includes installation of cell tower facilities on DART property and the addition of cellular service in the rail tunnel between the Mockingbird and Pearl/Arts District stations. In return, the LD Flexgrid Dallas partners will generate income from advertising on the kiosks' large display monitors and from cell tower leases to pay for the capital and operating costs.
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