'Smart screen' Stations Planned for NYC
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Old pay phones to get new smart screens.
New York City is planning to install "smart screen" stations at hundreds of old pay phone booths next month.
According to the New York Post, 250 phone booths throughout the city will get the 32-inch smart screens with Internet connections.
The free touch-screen technology will display local neighborhood information in multiple languages. It will include lists of restaurants, store sales, traffic updates, landmark information and safety alerts.
Users also will be able to file complaints or request city information by pressing an on-screen 311 icon.
The city Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications says the goal of the pilot program is to see what the response will be.
City24x7 will install and maintain the screens. It says the screens are built to be cleaned with a jet hose.