Birloki showcasing in California, Singapore, Dubai, Bilbao
After some three years of prototyping and testing, our beloved Birloki is grown up enough to take care of itself and start off an independent and responsibly interactive life of its own. It´s never easy to set a new path on something as public and monitored as the public realm.
The Internet Of Things, the Smart Cities and the unavoidable terms of Resilience, Sustainability and Liveability are there, waiting for us to take shape and solidify in something tangible and measurable. Many times, this is true, it´s more the anxiety of the geek community and the startup universe willing to force the appearance of new devices, wearables and autonomous vehicles of every size than a real need.
However, the truth is that the Urban Furniture in our cities has to evolve, and it is going to evolve. We are going to interact with the outdoor elements in the public space as much as in the private sphere, just with the logical limitations that it implies. It will not be a matter of only software, it will be a balance between design (we can call it User Experience if we commit to not to constraining it to the digital side), modularity (customization and open design) and immersive technologies. Probably nothing genius, but geared up with loads of organised common sense.
This is where our Birloki comes to stage. When we started with the project in a serious way (not including the previous toddler design steps), some already 3 years ago, it looked that we were going to be copied fast. It happened, but not real agile attempts anywhere. We are seeing how NYC is doing something related to interaction, but still kiosks, we see something going on with street lamps but no change from what we are used to…
Birloki wants to be modular, interactive and keep on adapting to the needs of the city and its citizens seamlessly, and we are testing it now in a bunch of places all around the globe. We are starting in Long Beach, California.
Our dear Birloki System is testing its participatory citizenship presence and featuring as a VIP guest for the Outdoor City Challenge to be held this December at the Harvey Milk Plaza. As part of a project that aims to empower and visualise the LGBT community of Long Beach, we groomed it up with the rainbow colors and prepared it for this important POC in the USA. The eventual objective of this trial is to provide the city with interactive useful spots that adapt to the pace of the city, provide, convey and pick up information from the urban realm ecosystems and its dwellers.
Right after this trip, one of our Birlokis will land in Dubai for a demo for the local traffic atuthority, providing a very special Smart Parking Solution for the VIP lots. Later, early 2017, National Parks of Singapore will install three sets of Birlokis to help visitors of the Jurong Chinese and Japanese gardens find their way, achieve a better knowledge of the places and enjoy these awesome spaces.
The last stop of our Birloki gang will be a well deserved return back home, to Bilbao, where we are still dealing with the municipality to deploy a network of touristic points all over the Vasco Viejo, the old historical quarter of the village. It will be a pleasure and a well deserved reward for our team of Birlokis to serve their hommies and make a contribution to a better life in the heart of Bilbao, where everything began as a creative and still embryonic spark of innovation.
If you want Birloki to be tested in your city, contact us.