New technology connects cities with real-time digital ‘portals’
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While travel is still heavily restricted, the cities of Vilnius, Lithuania, and Lublin, Poland, have become better connected through means of technology. New digital portals allow those in both cities to view a real-time glimpse into each other.
Developed by Portal, the two circular “doors” have been installed in both city centres. Near the main Vilnius train station, Portal’s real-time look-in allows Vilnius residents to interact with people on the main square in Lublin, Poland — a city more than 600 kilometres away. The portal uses a large screen, cameras and a live feed, and the initiators definitely did not hold back on the futuristic design.
The goal of the project is to encourage people to “rethink the meaning of unity,” per the company’s press release.
Benediktas Gylys, president of the Benediktas Gylys Foundation and credited with the initial idea, says that the portal symbolises “a bridge that unifies and an invitation to rise above prejudices and disagreements that belong to the past.”
Vilnius Gediminas Technical University has been developing the portal for the past five years, and the delivery of the project lines up well with the pandemic and allowing people from other cultures to see each other at a time when most have remained at home. The team, together with the Benediktas Gylys Foundation and the Crossroads Centre for Intercultural Creative Initiatives, are planning to install portals in more cities in the future.
As soon as Lithuania reopens and travel is possible again, you can reach Vilnius on one of Air Baltic’s new Airbus A220 aircraft, one of which is even painted in a Lithuanian flag livery.
Featured photo courtesy of Go Vilnius.
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