What we are looking for

We are looking for an innovative solution that couples a rich and dynamic urban environment with an attractive and effective design. We are open to any ideas that will enhance municipality way of life, making it as convenient and relevant as possible - the sky is the limit.

Besides having the component to make and receive emergency calls, there are some other requirements we would like to see in your prototype:

  • Dimensions: Prototypes must not exceed 2 feet wide by 4 feet long by 11 feet high.
  • Budget: Total fabrication and installation cost must be below twenty-thousand dollars ($20,000).
  • Wi-Fi: Keep in mind that traditional Wi-Fi hotspots are roughly 8”x 8” x 4” and are best installed in a high location without physical interference. There are new Wi-Fi technologies like Super Wi-Fi that are evolving, and entrants are encouraged to consider the latest technologies.
  • Printer: Thermal point-of-sale (POS) printer to produce receipts, tickets, etc.
  • 2 Digital Displays: Advertising is an important means of revenue for public utilities - be sure that there are 2 large digital displays with high visibility. Size is at the designer’s discretion.
  • 2 IP Cameras: Cameras serve the purpose of providing surveillance in times of emergency (think on the London surveillance system) and connect other users around the world via Skype and other platforms. Cameras should be located in the front and back of the payphone.
  • 2 Speakers: These are a complement and integral part of speaking signage and wayfinding technologies. Size of speakers and potency is at the designer’s discretion.
  • 2 Motion-detection sensors: The main function of motion detectors is to capture energy cost savings. This way, digital signage and other drawers of energy will only be triggered when someone is around to make use of the payphone. Sensors should be placed in the front and back of the unit as to maximize the payphone’s utility.
  • Solar: Solar panels that may be connected to charging batteries can save additional costs of operation. The panels should be placed on the upper end of the unit to maximize light reception and panel aerodynamics should not compromise the structure in times of severe weather. Panel sizes are at the designer’s discretion.
  • Payment processing component: Should be able to process credit/debit cards (from any region) to pay for services or make transfers. This should be placed at an appropriate height on the front side of the unit without obstructing the main digital display.
  • Elevate digital smart city platform is the expected operating system.
  • Compatible for all users: The project may be deployed in locations where handicap accessibility is mandated by regulation (i.e. Display Height, Brail, etc.)

We also want to encourage entrants to think on:

  • Super Wi-Fi
  • The Internet-of–Things (IoT)
  • The Internet-of-Everything (IoE)
  • Fiber
  • Dynamic Spectrum
  • Wayfinding
  • Low Carbon-footprint technology
  • Power Efficiency and sustainability
  • Social Sharing - Unit design should be compatible with pre-existing smart-city technology such as bike sharing programs, or any other social activity the community engages as a whole.