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Information kiosks are popping up in downtown Cleveland that are essentially giant smartphones

Posted at 10:42 AM, Jun 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-25 17:57:38-04

CLEVELAND — If you walk downtown, you may see new information portals popping up throughout Cleveland. They’re 8-foot-tall kiosks that are pretty similar to an iPhone. The city, in partnership with IKE Smart City, is replacing the old triangular kiosks.

"The new kiosks are just one of the ways we are working to ensure new investments and capital improvements provide opportunities for all citizens to have greater digital access,” Mayor Frank Jackson said in a press release.

The portals allow users to explore Cleveland with the touch of their finger. They can search restaurants nearby, events going on, services and shelters, job boards and civic resources.

They even offer free WiFi.

Safety is also an important feature of the portals. Each one has surveillance cameras and is equipped with a 911 button to connect users to local police.

Right now there are 11 downtown, but the goal is to put them in Cleveland’s surrounding neighborhoods, too.