T F. Tierney from the The Urban Research Lab at the University of Illinois presents to Paseo Project, [i-metro] information commons.
Mobile communication technologies, such as blackberries, i-phone and droids, are now providing travelers with valuable services, thereby solving various logistical dilemmas. However, the purchase price and monthly service fees prohibit individualized ownership for many urban dwellers, effectively creating zones of information privilege, and excluding those who use public transport most.
In response to the problem of unequal information access, [i-metro], an interactive information portal to be situated within metro stations, provides free locative and comprehensive travel-related information in realtime. Information is displayed through touch-screen interface similar to a vastly oversized iphone providing travelers with access to maps, timetables, ticket reservations – thus transforming the urban experience with layered opportunities and data most useful on the go.