World's first public Internet phone launches

The Robert Gordon University's (RGU) state-of-the-art sports centre in Garthdee will be the venue for a world first on Thursday 28 September, as free global internet calls are made from its high-tech iKiosk.

The iKiosk situated in RGU: SPORT is one of a network of touch-screen information points around Aberdeen developed by the City Council offering free email, videomail, internet access and a wealth of information on council and local services.

Software embedded in the iKiosks has been developed to allow students, citizens and visitors to Aberdeen to make free internet calls from any of the iKiosks to others with compatible Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) software.

RGU: SPORT will trial the facility, and the results will then be evaluated by all other iKiosk partners, including: NHS Grampian, VisitScotland, Grampian Police and Traveline Scotland.

At the launch, internet calls will be made both within the UK and across the globe. Aberdeen City Councillor for Garthdee, Mr Scott Cassie will place an internet call for transport information through the RGU: SPORT iKiosk to the Traveline Scotland call centre in Airdrie.

At the launch Phil Mills-Bishop, e-Government Projects Manager, Aberdeen City Council, will call Paul Traynor, a student studying in China, demonstrating the facility's usefulness on a global scale to both residents and visitors.