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Tampa Sidewalk Kiosks Will Help Residents And Visitors Explore The City

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and other officials at a ribbon-cutting
Bailey LeFever
WUSF Public Media
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor (center) and other officials cut the ribbon on an IKE Kiosk next to the Tampa Convention Center.

They will be placed in high-traffic areas as well as various other areas across the city.

The city of Tampa on Wednesday unveiled sidewalk kiosks it hopes will help residents and visitors navigate the community more seamlessly.

IKE stands for Interactive Kiosk Experience. The touch-screen devices are in high-traffic tourists areas such as the Tampa Convention Center and Amalie Arena, but they're also going up in neighborhoods.

One of the first is at the Lee Davis Neighborhood Service Center in East Tampa.

In addition to details on food and transportation, residents can access “information on housing, information on food aid, addiction, recovery resources, and a jobs board," according to IKE's Jibran Shermohammed.

Tampa is the 13th U.S. city to host the IKE kiosks. Other locations include Miami, Coral Gables, Baltimore and St. Louis.

The city says the kiosks — which will also offer Wi-Fi access — are funded through ad revenue and no taxpayer funds were used for their installation or operation.

Bradley George was a Morning Edition host and reporter at WUSF until March 2022.
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