Electronic kiosks to be removed from town-run locations

 

Electronic kiosks, like the one seen here near the entrance to Navy Yard Park close to the Park House, will be removed and replaced with static message boards.

Electronic kiosks, like the one seen here near the entrance to Navy Yard Park close to the Park House, will be removed and replaced with static message boards.

By RTT Staff

 

The town is looking to remove the electronic kiosks from town-owned locations and save some money in the process.

Town council received a report from visitor information centre manager Jennifer Ibrahim which stated the two remaining electronic kiosks the town has will be removed and replaced with static message board signs. Electronic kiosks remain in King’s Navy Yard Park near the Park House Museum and at the tourist booth near the north gateway along Sandwich St. North.

Ibrahim pointed out there were four electronic kiosks originally installed in 2010. A kiosk that had been installed at the North American Black Historical Museum was replaced with a bench last year due to a lack of user traffic as well as outdated software and hardware. Similar technical issues saw the kiosk at the south gateway removed in 2013, with that kiosk being replaced by a bicycle rack.

In 2010, four interactive electronic kiosks were installed at the following locations:

“The units themselves are nearly five years old, which equals or exceeds the

expected lifespan of any computer hardware,” stated Ibrahim in her report. “Exposure over an annual cycle to extreme fluctuations in the outdoor temperature and humidity, coupled with increasing needs for software upgrades, means the equipment has lasted well, but outlived its natural life cycle.”

Ibrahim stated the message boards will be installed by parks department staff and will have its content managed by tourism department staff.

“The intention is to have the content of the boards showcase tourism specific information and be relevant and current at all times,” stated Ibrahim.

According to Ibrahim’s report, the projected cost savings of replacing the electronic kiosks with static message board signs will be over $5,400 in 2014. She stated the expected operating costs for the two kiosks is $10,264 while purchasing the two outdoor message boards is estimated at over $4,800.

Town council received Ibrahim’s report with no discussion.

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