Smart Kiosks for Connected Communities

Duke Energy invited Gilmore Group to assist with a “Smart City”program across central and eastern United States. With safety alerts, a dynamic messaging platform, and other integrated technologies, the network was designed to create safer campuses, spur engagement in transit waiting areas, drive local business, and advertise events happening downtown. Gilmore Group and other technology partners are working together with Duke Energy to create more connected communities.

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The “Smart City” program leverages Duke Energy’s existing electric grid and streetlight infrastructure. Gilmore Group’s first task was to create concepts for kiosks and weather-proof display housings that would integrate with existing city architectural styles. Our team of designers and engineers were responsible for the prototype’s display housing design as well as helping specify the technology that would be used. Additional design and engineering integrations included Wi-Fi, image acquisition, motion-sensors, and interactivity. As the program evolved, a kit-of-parts was developed to ensure the right type of kiosk design (i.e. lamp post-mounted, interactive freestanding, etc.) was implemented for different use cases. Gilmore Group has also assisted Duke Energy in kiosk installation and network implementation oversight.

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In addition to industrial design and engineering tasks, Gilmore Group has developed high-level strategy, digital content, conducted geo-specific ad sales research for deployment in various U.S. markets, municipal zoning and identification of Kiosk placement opportunities.

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