working with the government to support EAS, public transit and small business
by Mr_4738, Performer
- Created: May 28, 2009, 7:17 pm
This is my first post on this site so I am not 100% sure where to post my topic. If this is in the wrong forum please notify me and then I will move it to the correct forum.
I have a concept for an outdoor kiosk network that will enhance the EAS (Emergency Alert System), enhance the public transportation system, give businesses the opportunity to advertise intelligently and create a large amount jobs. The network will be able to support itself financially and will provide services to the public free of charge.
The kiosk will be placed in major cities on traffic light poles at intersections (see included pictures). The kiosks attach to the poles the same way other traffic light equipment does by using mounting brackets of the top and bottom of the kiosk. The mounting brackets are attached to the pole by using Band-It bands. The kiosk draws its power from the same source as the other equipment on the pole and receives its data wirelessly via a mobile broadband card (essentially, data is sent to the kiosk the same way text messages are sent to cellular phones). What the kiosk displays is governed by a server that controls the kiosk. The kiosk is interactive having a six button navigation panel located directly below the screen. The button navigation panel allows people to access features that the kiosk provides. When accessing features a window is displayed on screen with available options. The setup is quite simple to install and maintain.
(Note: The kiosks mounting brackets allow the kios;s screen to be swiveled. This will allow the kiosk to be facing only pedestrians on the sidewalk and never drivers on the street.)
What it does:
EAS The outdoor kiosk network allows the government to educate the public about evacuation plans, identify shelters and safe areas, alert the public to danger and more. The kiosk network will be able to do this instantly and very effectively. The current system of sirens is effective but the kiosks will be able to spell out exactly what is happening. The network will allow the government to display public announcements instantly. For example, Amber Alerts, wanted posters, server weather warnings and more can be displayed through an entire city instantly.
Public transportation- The network can support advances in the public transportation system. For example, Chicag's CTA has developed a bus tracker and trip planner system. Right now these programs can only be accessed on their website. These programs can be integrated into the kiosk network to allow the public to find the exact location of busses, plan their route and travel costs right on the street. (Note: This feature is accessed through the navigation panel.)
Directions' This is similar to how the network supports public transportation. Google maps can be integrated into the kiosk network as well to let the public find locations quickly and easily on foot. (Note: This feature is accessed through the navigation panel.)
Weather' A day long comprehensive weather forecast is available for each day. (Note: This feature is accessed through the navigation panel.)
Advertise' The kiosk network supports itself through selling advertising time slots. Local small businesses as well as big business can advertise on the network. I will offer small business incentives, such as a guaranteed amount of advertising time slots only to be filled with small business advertisements, to advertise on the kiosk network to help small businesses compete with big business. Some advertisements can be interactive creating a more potent ad for customers and some advertisements can be triggered by events (i.e. the temperature reaches above a certain temperature which triggers ice cream ads to be displayed.) Those are just a couple examples how the kiosk network can help customers advertise intelligently. The advertisements will be overridden by the EAS in the same manner as television.
General information' While the kiosk is displaying advertisements there will be a scrolling news bar at the top of the screen as well as a scrolling stock market bar at the bottom. Along with those the current date, time and temperature will be displayed.
Jobs' If this were implemented in every major city in the US the amount of jobs it would create is quite large.
What I have done:
I have, for the past year and a half, been trying to start this. I live in Chicago, IL and this is primarily where I have been focusing my attention. I have met with frustrating obstacles from the start and that is why I am coming to you.
The City of Chicago deems my concept as'advertising in the public right-of-wa'. Although, it does advertise in the public right-of-way it is much than just simply advertising. I was told by the 42nd ward office that JCDecaux has an advertising in the public right-of-way contract with the City of Chicago. Included in this contract is an exclusive dealing agreement. After talking to the antitrust bureau I have found it may prove difficult to get this started. Still, I feel compelled to find any and every avenue that I can.
Since I would be working closely with the federal and state governments and enhance the EAS, public transportation system and small businesses is there a way to overrule exclusive contracts? The welfare of the general public, in my opinion, seems enough to overrule any exclusive dealing as well as make it a recommended choice to install the kiosk network. This network costs the public no money while offering many needed services. I ask myself how a city can deny the public these things and say it is in their best interests. No good answer comes to mind.
Any and all help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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