Articles - Aug 20

Digital Signage in Public Spaces: A Big Step towards Smart Cities

The current world is technology-driven. Things are no longer done the ordinary and conventional way: everything is improving and becoming seamless thanks to technology. That said, digital signage is becoming the norm of the cities and at the forefront of smart city projects.

Discover how outdoor digital signage is contributing to smart city revolution:

1. Display of Municipal Information

According to the UN, 68 percent of the world’s population will be living in cities by 2050. The shift in population from rural to urban areas will require governments to take a new approach on how it handles and interacts with its citizens.

Government digital signage screens are used in government buildings and in the streets to disseminate up-to-date information to the public. Digital signage screens are used to display public messages and educate the citizens on new government initiatives.

A cloud-based content management system makes it easy to update information remotely leading to a significant reduction in costs and an increase in public satisfaction.

2. City Service Information

As the population in the cities continue to increase, residents often face challenges with finding parking spaces and dealing with traffic. Outdoor digital signage has brought about unique solutions to emerging urban challenges.

These innovative digital signage solutions include screens with maps that show the available parking spaces, making it easy for people to find a spot for their vehicles. Interactive kiosks also disseminate real-time city information including the current traffic situation giving the people alternative routes to take if they do not want to get caught up in a traffic jam.

3. Security of the Citizens

Outdoor digital signage has made cities more secure for the citizens. Wayfinding software is used to relay emergency messages through outdoor digital signage screens. With that, citizens can effortlessly and promptly get alerts on emergencies such as hurricanes, blizzards, and information on unsafe and closed streets.

Digital signage solutions are the brains of a smart city. The inter-connectivity of digital signage screens and other technologies has made a significant contribution to the smart city objective: making the lives of the citizens better. This has been through the dissemination of real-time information, helping citizens find their way around cities, and keeping them secure. For more information on how digital signage has made the cities smart, click here.


About iGotcha

iGotcha Media is a digital interactive studio specialized in building memorable screen-based customer experiences. Solutions include screens, interactive kiosks, video walls, RFID technology, audience-measurement technology, wayfinding and payment solutions and in-store audio. We help our clients creatively communicate their value propositions. With offices in Montreal and Toronto, iGotcha Media's clients include Birks, Browns Shoes, Cirque du Soleil, Groupe Touchette, Loto-Québec, National Bank of Canada, Nissan Canada, Reebok, Rona, Toronto Congress Centre and VIA Rail Canada.

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