LQD Palo

A radically new communications hub transforms the way cities engage with their citizens

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.”

Randy Ramusack , CEO, LQD

Placemaking

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.

Progressive

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.

Playful

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.

Play Video

key milestones

2013

frog participated in New York City’s Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge. Palo’s original design (formerly titled Beacon) was selected as a finalist.

2014

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.

2015

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.

LQD, a frogVentures™ portfolio company, was acquired by Verizon in 2016. Palo will be installed in forward-thinking cities, academic campuses, and entertainment venues across North America.

Related Case Studies

Work with frog

Our work fundamentally changes the way businesses and industries operate, creating measurable value for our clients, end users and society. Talk to our business development team about working with frog.

Media Inquiries

We actively engage in conversations at the intersection of design, technology and business. Contact us with interview and speaking requests.

Careers at frog

We look for hybrid talents and build our global teams around divergent expertise, which allows us to solve problems and uncover opportunities in unique ways. See current opportunities and apply.