Designed for 100% digital inclusion, LQD and frog show how civic technology can help people feel more connected, educated, and safer in their communities.
“We believe that access to the internet is a human right, not a privilege. We believe that a connected community is a stronger community. Palo is a unified technology hub where anyone can engage with the community, the internet and local services at any time.”
Palo connects people to essential information, resources and safety by offering free wifi, information on nearby attractions, restaurants, retail and events, volunteering opportunities and community groups, public service announcements, maps and way finding, emergency alerts, meeting points and taxi beacons.
Palo's microphone and sensors promote touch-free operation. Energy-efficient solar panels and other failsafe technologies keep Palo functioning through extreme conditions, ensuring continuity in times of crisis. Palo's cutting-edge software is designed to evolve with the changing needs of the city and its citizens.
Palo is engaging and accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. It's designed to greet users like a human being, just like a dialogue with a friendly neighbor. Whether you're a local, a tourist, a runner, or a senior, Palo can customize results for you. You can even take Palo with you using a smartphone companion app.
frog participated in New York City’s Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge. Palo’s original design (formerly titled Beacon) was selected as a finalist.
frog received the IDSA IDEA Silver Award for its design. LQD partnered with frog to bring Palo to market and develop an integrated network of 21st century community-based tech hubs.
In only 18 weeks, LQD and frog built the business strategy and brand vision, refined the design, and developed the hardware. Palo was unveiled at the Intelligent Community Forum Summit in Toronto.
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