New initiative brings touch-screen kiosk to the Short North

The double-sided, touch-screen kiosk is a one-stop shop for detailed information on what’s happening in the area.

A new Smart Columbus initiative is making it easier for visitors to navigate the capital city.

Brian Ross, CEO of Experience Columbus, said central Ohio has no shortage of visitors.

“We have a thriving tourism economy here in Columbus,” Ross said. “We welcome over 41 million visitors every year that spend $7 billion dollars in the local economy.”

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With that many eyes on the capital city, the focus is making sure each experience is a good one. City leaders said this is where the digital kiosk “IKE” could prove beneficial.

The double-sided, touch screen kiosk is a one-stop shop for detailed information on what’s happening in the area.

The digital screen provides transit information, restaurant and shopping information, even civic information, all available at the tip of your finger. The screen is ADA compliant and is available in multiple languages.

“It allows a visitor to interact the way they want to interact so that they have again, the best experience they can have,” Ross said.

In addition to providing users with information, it will also provide the city with an extra set of eyes on the streets.

“There will be security cameras on these kiosks. It allows visitors to have a greater sense of safety when they come to the district,” said Betsey Pandora Executive Director of the Short North Alliance. “People will also be able to call for police support and assistance as well.”

The city said the Interactive portals will soon find homes in several communities including Linden, Northland and Milo Grogan. As many as 45 portals are expected to be installed by the end 2019.