The city of Houston has deployed parking meters near the downtown courhouse district that accepts credit cards and uses WiFi to verify parking customers’ charges. The test is nearing completion and Houston’s CTO Richard Lewis will soon select the vendor for the meters and proceed with the deployment. While WiFi-enabled meters may not be new the deployment may certainly be unique. Lewis wants to open that wireless network to the public turning downtown Houston into a giant hotspot. The city has not decided if WiFi users would pay for this access. I must say this is an excellent idea and I hope it moves ahead as scheduled.
(via Houston Chronicle)