New informational kiosks on campus

New and returning students to UMKC were greeted by an unexpected sight: strategically-placed digital kiosks resembling giant cell phones.

CityPost kiosks, a product of Smart City Media, LLC, have been present throughout Kansas City since 2016. They can be found at or nearby KC Streetcar stops from the River Market to Union Station. Although there are CityPost kiosks in other towns, UMKC will be the first campus in the United States to receive them.

At a press conference August 21, Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal praised the kiosks as a means to facilitate communications.

“These interactive devices will connect a campus and community more seamlessly in ways not possible before,” said Agrawal.

CityPost kiosks provide users with a variety of information. Students can learn about educational services, discover local restaurants and find out about sporting events on-and-off campus. The kiosks even have a selfie app.

Accessibility is a key component of the kiosks. They are installed in strategic locations on the Volker and Hospital Hill campuses and have the capacity to translate information into nine different languages, a nod to the diversity of UMKC’s student population.

Sophomore Daphne Posadas was enthusiastic about the kiosks.

“It’s an easy way to get information that you need. Students, me included, don’t really like to ask for help. And these kiosks really take away that fear factor and that intimidation from asking for help,” said Posadas.

Agrawal pointed out that the kiosks are not an isolated effort, but merely one component of UMKC’s vision of progress and innovation.

“There’s much more to come,” said Agrawal. “This is a campus, this is a city on the rise.”

(Photo courtesy of Brandon Parigo, UMKC Strategic Marketing and Communications)

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