Nokia has been selected to provide mobile services in the free Wi-Fi networks in New York City parks. Networks are currently being installed in 10 major parks, including Central and Union Square park.
The network infrastructure is owned and managed by WiFi Salon, a New York-based company that has exclusive concession rights from the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.
Nokia will introduce mobile multimedia services in the parks with local media partners during the summer. The media partners will provide complimentary mobile versions of their content to Nokia devices with Wi-Fi connectivity used in the parks.
Access to the multimedia services will be possible with Nokia products that have wireless LAN built in, such as the Nokia N80, Nokia N91, and the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet, a portable multimedia tablet optimized for internet communications. Park visitors can access the public Wi-Fi network using laptops or other portable devices with wireless LAN as well.
Wi-Fi can be more than about web surfing and checking email, noted Marshall Brown, founder and CEO of WiFi Salon. What if a hot spot was not just a gateway, but a destination? What if it offered rich multimedia experiences based on the neighborhood where you are located? As prime neighborhood meeting grounds, parks are ideal places for people to experience this new approach to public Wi-Fi.