Ventures / Verizon Smart Cities
The Verizon Digital Kiosk is built on a singular belief: every city has a unique story to tell. VDK was designed to bring communities together so they can connect, discover, and celebrate the places, people, and stories that make each city special.
People can interact with the VDK to find just what they’re looking for—their next favorite store, a delicious new restaurant, the latest local news, or to check and see when the next bus is coming. Along with free Wi-Fi, phone calls, and community resources, VDK changes the way people see their own backyard.
We wanted VDK to empower citizens—to help them understand what’s happening in their neighborhood and reconnect to their cities. We accomplished this through a custom suite of intuitive Android apps, along with a set of dynamic messaging platforms, access to local emergency services, and robust accessibility features.
Alongside our partners at LQD Wifi, we took the VDK concept and turned it into fully functioning software in only three months. As the promise of this project became a reality, LQD Wifi was acquired by Verizon. We kept our eyes trained on the VDK vision and continued our work through the acquisition process all the way to the first VDK units going into the ground, in the Spring of 2018. Then 2020 came around and COVID-19 came with it. The idea of keeping communities connected took on an even greater significance. VDK kiosks were quickly updated to provide important information regarding federal and local regulations, CDC guidelines and best practices for staying healthy in the pandemic. And so we’ve seen that the system is more than capable of keeping pace in dynamic, real-world environments—and helping people along the way.