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SW Info Stations

SW Info Stations allows any user type access to immediate Detroit resources and activities.

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SW Info Stations makes it easy for residents and visitors to participate in finding crucial information within the immediate area and the rest of the city of Detroit. The SW Info Stations are placed around the Michigan Central Station and the Impact Area to provide safety and interaction with the community.  The stations are "smart" and would allow users to research information and request various services.

How will your solution benefit residents, workers, or visitors in the Michigan Central Station impact area? (1,000 characters)

The SW Info Stations (SWIS) allows all users to access the information displayed on the station. There are various SWIS for residents/visitors to touch, read and/or hear about different attractions and services. The SWIS would include info: 1. Transportation 2. Markets 3. Restrooms 4. Exercise 5. Activity 6. Historical Markers 7. Safety. 1. Providing local transit options 2. Readily accessible locations for food and retail shops 3. After a long commute, access to available public restrooms 4. Connect people to bikes, riverwalk and easily accessible exercise markers 5. Providing list of local activities, including music, river tour, audio walk tour and/or trip to Canada 6. Allowing people to learn about the area's history through interactive learning 7. Press a button to quickly contact emergency personnel The SW Info Stations allows users to read, touch, interact with the 7 factors provided on the booth - also provided in the 4 local languages (ENG, SPA, ARB, BEN).

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

Krystal Thomas is currently a K-12 district administrator, with experience in high-level management and teaching. Lisa Thomas is a Mechanical Engineer - with experience managing and leading state/federal government projects (e.g. grant manager, data analyst). Krystal and Lisa both have the technical and soft skills necessary to successfully lead large projects to fruition. We are excited to have a positive impact on the city in which we were born and raised - Detroit!

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

Are you submitting as a student team?

  • No

Are you submitting as a team from the Impact Area?

  • No

Funding Request

  • $200,000

Rough Budget (500 characters)

Phase I ($67,000) Construction/Building Stations Phase II ($100,000) Technology database Website/App hosting Safety Button Phase III ($33,000) Exercise Markers Historical Markers Functional Safety Button

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

During the pilot phase, the objective will be to create a descriptive timeline for completion. We would also contact the Michigan Department of Transportation, as well as existing/newly developed projects, to gather data regarding how to optimize the best locations for the stations. During the pilot phase, we would solidify partnerships and resources that can be uploaded and included in the stations. The idea can initially be tested with one (1) station before expanding to additional stations. The first station will allow us to track user usage and determine which resources are frequently accessed. At the end of the user experience, we will ask that users complete a very brief survey describing their satisfaction with the process.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

The success of the pilot can be measured through the data of traffic influx within the region provided by the department of transportation and the pilot project's website. The stations will be able to track information, such as how many users have interacted with the station, how long they are on the station, and which resources/services were frequently employed. This information can be used to determine the needs of the area. Also, there will be a brief survey asking visitors for feedback regarding their enjoyment of the service.

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

The project will be sustained through partnerships/collaboration with existing and newly developed businesses, projects and activities (such as the Joe Louis Greenway, bike clubs, Ford ride share, Detroit's economic mobility initiative, restaurants, etc). We would also seek other sources of funding as needed.


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