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Port of San Diego to Install 30 Sail-Shaped Kiosks on San Diego Waterfront

The interactive kiosks are shaped like sails to reflect the sailing culture of the coastal area.

Thirty Interactive Kiosks shaped in the form of a sail will be installed on the San Diego waterfront in 2018, according to the Port of San Diego.

"Interactive Kiosks along the San Diego waterfront will encourage exploration and discovery of attractions, special events, restaurants and entertainment; while also serving as meeting points," said Port Chairman Robert "Dukie" Valderrama, in a statement.

The kiosks will use smart technology to help visitors navigate the waterfront, said Port of San Diego officials. An Interactive Kiosk Program was started by the Port of San Diego to spearhead the project.

Officials say they plan to install the kiosks in the Centre City/Embarcadero area along Harbor Drive, between Laurel Street and the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal in San Diego.

On May 16, the Board of Port Commissioners selected IKE Smart City to create and install the 11-foot-tall Interactive Kiosks, which were chosen from a pool of competitive proposals.

The kiosks include turn-by-turn directions which can be sent directly to visitors' cell phones or tablets. That includes real-time information on public transportation, ride sharing services, bike sharing and a photo booth feature allowing for easy posts on social media, according to the Port of San Diego.

Other features include details on events, attractions, shopping, dining, points of interest, weather updates, public safety announcements and general information about the Port.

The public will give feedback about the kiosks through polls, questions of the week and other interactive activities, said Port of San Diego officials.

Multiple languages will be included in the kiosks, along with an adjustable screen for people with disabilities.

Port of San Diego officials say they will negotiate with the company to reach a 10-year agreement.

City officials and representatives for Cleantech San Diego and San Diego Downtown Partnership attended the meeting and spoke in support of the program.

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