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Sidewalk Labs

A Google company devoted to urban improvement. Its first major project is sponsoring the Intersection organization (merger of Titan and Control Group) to build LinkNYC. Along with Qualcomm and Comark, LinkNYC is replacing more than 7,000 public pay telephones in New York with kiosks that provide Android tablet access to the Internet, free Wi-Fi within the vicinity and free voice calling. LinkNYC will be the world's largest municipal Wi-Fi network. See Muni Wi-Fi.


An Android Tablet on a New York Sidewalk
In addition to advertising local events, the kiosk includes Braille lettering, 911 button, USB charger and headphone jack.
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Sidewalk Labs has developed a draft for a set of universal signs that would be displayed on streets when smart city systems are observing people and provide some explanation as to why and how much data is being recorded.
"Across nearly every dimension of urban life--mobility, sustainability, public realm, buildings, and digital innovation--the plan breaks new ground," including "the first neighborhood built entirely of mass timber," notes Sidewalk Labs, which characterizes the material as "easier to manufacture and better for the environment than concrete or steel, yet just as strong and fire-resistant."
The board of Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs agreed to work with the company to come up with designs for the neighborhood on Toronto's Eastern Waterfront.
It is probably time to establish a platform for accelerating urban innovation, a kind of Sidewalk Labs for Africa.
Sidewalk Labs Waterfront Toronto Numerous smart-city schemes have run into delays, dialed down their ambitious goals, or priced out everyone except the super-wealthy.
More modest in scale but equally grand in vision is the partnership between Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs and the city of Toronto to redevelop 12 acres as an incubus of a new modernism.
As a sign of the times, Google/Alphabet has heavily funded Sidewalk Labs, whose goal is to build a blueprint for new cities and replicate it throughout the world.
Allen's Vulcan Inc., cloud partner Amazon Web Services, NXP[R] Semiconductors, Mobileye, Autodesk, Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs, AT&T, DC Solar, and Continental Automotive.
"The focus that Google has applied to this challenge, with its Sidewalk labs being one outlet, show that both cities and startups see commercial value in exploring smart city concepts to tackle a range of issues.
Last June, Alphabet, Google's parent company, launched Sidewalk Labs, an urban technology startup helmed by Dan Doctoroff, the deputy mayor of economic developer under Michael Bloomberg and the former CEO of the billionaire's namesake company.
India, April 7 -- Sidewalk Labs, owned by Google's parent company Alphabet, is a young company - about a year old, working to improve WiFi availability and traffic in cities.