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Panama becomes a Smart City. Since last Tuesday, January 17, the city of Panama has installed fifty points wth free wireless internet access or WIFI, including dozens of bus stops to which digital screens with information about the city has been added.
This project aims to ensure connectivity to users while waiting for public transport. Through this new project, users will be able to access a website of the Panama Municipality where they will be able to find out about the service platform offered by the Mayor’s Office and events that are taking place in the city.
It is expected that eventually the project, through involving the transport company “Mi Bus”, will provide users with access to the bus route that passes through that stop, and alert them of the location of the nearest bus and its estimated time of arrival.
Smart City is a joint initiative of the Panama Municipality along with the multinational “JCDecaux” and the wireless internet company “Wigo”. It seeks to provide a better quality internet connection by installing “small cells”, small signal amplification antennas for cellular service.
The digital screens that were installed will serve the municipality to announce socio-cultural activities and also will be a means of security in case of emergencies. The Mayor of Panama also seeks to expand services so that citizens and visitors can get to know about nearby points of interest through the new free connectivity service.
Currently, the free wireless internet service is available in 50 stops of the metropolitan transportation system – MetroBus- and is expected to be extended to all stops in the District of Panama, as a contribution from the capital city to democratize access to technology for its citizens and position the City of Panama at the forefront of the region in terms of Smart City technology.