Public information screens, I-Points and wireless services for visitors of Kortrijk

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The City of Kortrijk starts experiments with different types of information screens both inside and outside the city buildings. These screens will provide services to visitors of the city.

We mainly distinguish screens for one-way communication (narrowcasting) and interactive screens (I-Points and other public computers). Both can be placed inside buildings and outside on the street.

With the now installed 40 narrowcasting screens the publishing of information will be streamlined and organised in a more efficient way. Different applications become possible:

- Automatic publishing of opening hours of city services.
- Automatic publishing of the use of city premises in community centers and sport infrastructure.
- Automatic publishing of timetables and premises in the academy of arts and the academy of music.
- Automatic publishing of posters /announcements of cultural events.

Because of the integration of the screens in the network, they can be steered locally but also from a central point. This makes it possible to publish bigger events (f.i. a top production in the theatre) or general promotion movies over the whole network.

Specific for the coming 5 exterior information screens (2 square meter screens) is that the target audience are car drivers. This means that we can not publish movies but have to work with stand still pictures. It remains possible to announce all kinds of events.

The interactive I-Points are basically a computer with a touch-screen interface. They are information kiosks with mostly tourist information. They can also be placed inside and outside. They are wireless connected to the network of the city.
A kiosk reacts when a person approaches the screen. It starts an attractive animation which explains the functionalities of the I-Point.
An intuitive menu on the touch-screen makes it easy to find the needed information. The results of the search can be easily transferred to the mobile phone of the visitor or mailed to an email address.

The web-platform that steers the information to the I-Points is adapted for classic computer screens, touch-screen computers and mobile devices. It will be reused for a portal site specially intended for an other category of visitors, the 8.500 students on different campuses in the city.

In a later stage the platform will be used to upgrade the existing network of 60 public computers and internet kiosk computers.