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How smart cities like New York City will drive enterprise change

Everybody talks about smart cities, but few are doing anything about it.

New York City is an exception. It’s in the early stages of an ambitious project to blanket the city with ultrafast Wi-Fi via smart kiosks, which will replace obsolete public telephones.

These kiosks are the work of a Google-backed startup called Intersection. The company has already installed around 1,000 kiosks, and aims to install more than 6,000 more, Intersection Chief Innovation Officer Colin O’Donnell said in an interview this week.

Mike Elgan

Intersection Chief Innovation Officer Colin O’Donnell on stage at Cannes Lions on June 18, 2017.

Each kiosk is around nine feet high and relatively flat. Each flat side houses a big-screen display that pays for the whole operation with advertising. The screens also show emergency and other public information.

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