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An image of what the Pulse Smart Hub would look like

New telephone/communications units, known as a Pulse Smart Hubs, which have inset digital advertising screens could be coming to Chiswick High Road. They also have built in defibrillators and free wifi, air quality monitoring and free interactive maps and local information.

Urban Innovation Company, a telecommunications code operator have designed and developed the Pulse Smart Hub which they say has "revolutionised the humble telephone kiosk," and the company has applied for planning permission to install two units on the pavement at 610 and 548 Chiswick High Road.

They say the hubs, which have recently been installed in Belfast city, will help save lives, connect people and support crime prevention. They will provide:

Free local phone calls *
Free public Wi-Fi
Public touchscreen interface to access hyper local information including maps, events and services
Internet of things (IoT) technology collecting valuable data for city planning
which, in the first phase, will include air quality monitoring and pedestrian
counting. This valuable data will be made open source at no cost
Mobile device charging
Smart Public Access Defibrillator (PAD)
Public messaging to promote the city including local services and events
Crime prevention features
Specific and tailored features to ensure access for all

"Many of the existing telephone kiosks are outdated and do not provide the range of services that people who live in, work in and visit the city now require.

"Developing modern, state-of-the-art, well designed smart hubs, incorporating telecommunication and digital services that are free of charge is a public benefit and
will ensure the city is a UK leading digital destination. The services will be provided at no cost to the user or tax payer and will ensure equitable access to digital services which will assist in eliminating the digital divide."

Each Pulse Smart Hub will include a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) in the kiosk. The defibrillators will incorporate smart technology to allow administration without training to maximise the opportunity to save lives.


April 20, 2019

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