NYC Turns Phone Booths into Wi-Fi Stations
July 13, 2012 4:58 AM
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NYC is running a trial on 10 phone booths at the moment
New York City has started turning its outdated pay phone booths into free
for local Internet use.
NYC has approximately 12,000 phone booths located throughout the five boroughs. While the city isn't looking to get rid of the phones inside these booths, it's looking to give them a bit of an update, considering most people carry cell phones nowadays and don't need pay phones very often.
The solution? Add Wi-Fi-enabled digital kiosks with SmartScreens. Each booth will have
at the top of the current booths, where people can stop to use the networks "Free WiFi" or "NYC Free Public WiFi." The networks will not require passwords, but users will have to agree to terms and conditions in order to use them.
NYC's Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT), along with advertising companies Van Wagner and Titan, have paid to install and manage the new Wi-Fi-enabled phone booths.
"The city and the partners have taken all security measures and we will continue to make sure its the best possible experience for New Yorkers who are signing on to the Wi-Fi," said Rachel Sterne, New York's Chief Digital Officer.
NYC is running a trial on 10 phone booths at the moment, where six are located in Manhattan, two are in Brooklyn and one is in Queens. More will be added over time throughout these three boroughs as well as Staten Island and the Bronx.
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RE: This sounds like an excelent idea.
7/14/2012 12:39:16 PM
You do realize access points can be configured so clients can't see each other? Properly set up, there's no way to push malware. You can still sniff the wifi packets, but those should be encrypted (with a second SSL layer of encryption for important traffic like accessing your bank account).
The bigger concern is someone setting up a rogue access point disguised to look like the real one. That can be used for a man in the middle attack.
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