During the November 8, 2017 city council meeting, city staff and the Downtown Raleigh Alliance gave a nice update on plans to bring interactive wayfinding kiosks to downtown Raleigh.
Negotiations are ongoing with Orange Barrel Media, producers of IKE, an “interactive kiosk experience” and if all goes well, the rollout of the system could take place in Spring 2018.
The presentation to council is embedded above for your viewing pleasure but some of the highlights include:
- The kiosks may be between 7.5 to 12 feet tall
- All kiosk designs can be customized
- The kiosks can show general wayfinding to retail, transit and event info, and even art
- No city funds to be used to implement or maintain this system
- The kiosk vendor is responsible for maintenance
- The DRA will provide the data however there will be national advertising
- The ad policy will mimic the one currently in use for the GoRaleigh buses
- 15 locations initially but want to ramp up to 25 down the road
Since downtown Raleigh doesn’t have a designated shopping street these kiosks can only help direct folks to the right places or even find ones they didn’t know about. With transit info alongside this information, it may make users aware of the system and consider an alternative method.
The kiosks may be outside as well as inside some locations including the convention center and union station. Other proposed locations include City Plaza, Moore Square, Seaboard Station, and Shaw.
Council approved the proposal and we just might see these pop up in 2018.