LinkNYC is a first-of-its-kind communications network that is replacing over 7,500 payphones across five New York City boroughs, with new structures called Links. The first beta Links launched in early 2016 and further units are rolling out over the next eight years.
Each Link provides superfast, free public Wi-Fi, phone calls, device charging and a tablet for Internet browsing, access to city services, maps and directions.
A completely free service, LinkNYC is funded through advertising at no cost to New Yorkers. Once complete, it will be the largest and fastest, free public Wi-Fi network in the world, generating over $500M in revenue for New York City.
Currently in beta, New Yorkers have the opportunity to try out the features and provide feedback using the Links. Additional apps and services will be added over time.
LinkNYC is delivered by the City of New York and CityBridge, a NYC–based consortium of leading experts in technology, media, connectivity and user experience. Working with lead consortium member, Intersection, GlobalReach Technology is providing the captive portal, user authentication and analytics behind the service, through its cloud-based Wi-Fi service management solution.
Including RADIUS / AAA, custom captive portal and a Passpoint Hotspot 2.0 online signup server (OSU) as standard, the single, scalable platform is being used to connect LinkNYC users and to manage and analyze the service.