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November 22, 2012

City of Plattsburgh to install electronic information kiosks

PLATTSBURGH — The City of Plattsburgh plans to launch a series of kiosks to provide visitors with information on local attractions.

The first three PlattInfo walk-up touchscreen kiosks, with information in both French and English, are expected to be up and running in the coming weeks.

The units are to be located on the corner of Bridge and Durkee streets, near Macdonough Monument on City Hall Place and, during the summer season, on Dock Street.

They will provide information about restaurants, shopping, recreation venues, events and other points of interest in the city.

“The welcome mat to Plattsburgh is out in French and English using this latest technology,” City of Plattsburgh Mayor Donald Kasprzak said in a press release.

“Plattsburgh is one of the first cities to use technology in this way.”

PlattInfo software architect Jesse Feiler said the project is powered by FileMaker software, which provides a stable platform for the mini network to be launched and allows a clear path for its expansion.

During the next few months, the database will be available on the web and on mobile devices that can integrate with location data to help guide people around the city.

“PlattInfo will be particularly helpful for visitors using the Saranac River Trail and (for) boaters,” he said.

The program is administered by the Lake City Local Development Corp. and supported by advertising subscriptions sold through Media Central with help from the SUNY Plattsburgh Marketing Club.

Subscription information is available at www.PlattInfo.com or by contacting Josh Davis at Media Central at 562-9708 or at josh@mediacentral.com.

PlattInfo Chair Carol McLean said subscriptions start at $52 per year to make them affordable for even the smallest businesses.

“Everyone I have spoken to is very excited about this project,” she said in a statement. “We expect to have more kiosks in the future.”

PlattInfo is sponsored by the City of Plattsburgh and funded by a grant from the New York State Division of Home and Community Renewal.

 

 

 

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