As part of the Leeds Electronic Ordnance & Digital Information System (LEODIS) project twenty four classic red phone boxes have been refitted with the latest technology to provide a free Wi-Fi hotspot. These blue boxes are solar powered and although traditionally users were supposed to step inside the box, these boxes are closed with handy touch screens that allow passersby to access phone and information services.
According to the Doctor (the aql Doctor) CEO and Founder, Dr Adam Beaumont, he said in the press release;
We wanted to create an icon for Leeds – something unique which if you had your photo taken next to it and uploaded it, for example, to facebook, friends would say – aha ! you must be in Leeds! We’re hoping that the boxes become something that the residents accept as part of the cityscape