The UK gets ready for an exciting new array of smart services as CIVIQ helps the region become more efficient, secure and sustainable
Today CIVIQ Smartscapes, the leading developer of innovative smart city connected solutions, announced that the company will be the exclusive hardware provider of the communications devices for the LinkUK initiative—replacing public payphones with “Links” that will offer free Wi-Fi, interactive communication capabilities and state-of-the-art, real-time information networks across the United Kingdom.
Designed to complement the urban environment, the Links are engineered to benefit residents and visitors to the city, giving users access to maps, directions and local city services as well as free ultrafast Wi-Fi. LinkUK users can also make phone calls and quickly charge their mobile devices.
Starting with the UK’s largest metropolitan area, the first units will be installed this spring with hundreds more planned for major high streets across London. Through a unique partnership, CIVIQ will deliver enhanced city services, all at no cost to users or taxpayers; the program will be fully funded by revenues from advertising on the Links’ digital displays.
“We’re honored to play such an integral role in the development of the groundbreaking LinkUK project, bringing CIVIQ’s cutting-edge smart city solutions to the UK,” said Brad Gleeson, Chief Commercial Officer, CIVIQ Smartscapes. “Following the success of LinkNYC, we look forward to working with our partners to implement this innovative urban technology in the UK, helping London to become a ‘smarter,’ more connected city.”
LinkUK plans to deploy hundreds of CIVIQ-engineered Links across central London and in major cities across the UK. The new Links will feature sensors, which can capture real-time data relating to the local environment, including, air and noise pollution, as well as outdoor temperature and traffic conditions. With this innovative technology and the boundless opportunities available within each Link’s capabilities, LinkUK is shaping the future with people-centered benefits that make the UK smarter, safer and more engaged for all who live, work and visit.