MIAMI (WSVN) - In an effort to become a “Smart City,” free Wi-Fi on public transit buses and trains, not to mention free Wi-Fi kiosks near transit stops, will soon be a reality in Miami-Dade County.
According to the Miami Herald, CIVIQ Smartscapes, a Massachusetts-based company, said, Thursday, that they will begin installing kiosks with free Wi-Fi near transit stops, and will also be providing free Wi-Fi on board all public trains and buses, within the next year.
The agreement was approved by the Miami-Dade commissioners, earlier this week.
CIVIQ will install and maintain up to 300 interactive, digital “WayPoints,” which will include free public Wi-Fi as well as more than 1,000 Wi-Fi devices in public transit vehicles and 51 additional Wi-Fi devices for transit stations, according to the company.
The installations and upkeep of the kiosks are being funded by CIVIQ itself. According to the Herald, CIVIQ estimated it would be a $20 million project to start – and not by county taxpayers. CIVIQ will profit from advertisements that appear on the kiosks.
According to the company, the first phase of installations will roll out over the next three months.
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