Search

Islington pioneers phone charging ‘smart benches’

PUBLISHED: 10:59 02 February 2017 | UPDATED: 10:59 02 February 2017

Cllr Claudia Webbe tests out the new Smartbench near Islington Green. Picture: Simon Way

Cllr Claudia Webbe tests out the new Smartbench near Islington Green. Picture: Simon Way

+44(0)7971954733 simon@simonway.co.uk www.simonway.co.uk

Smartphone addicts will no longer be forced to admire Islington’s scenery every time their battery dies – because the benches have been fitted with chargers.

Islington is one of the first places in the country to install “smart benches” for public use.

The solar-powered seating has contactless technology, allowing passers-by to charge their phones and use free WiFi on the move.

They have been created by city business Strawberry Energy UK and Cancer Research UK, to whom £2 can be donated through a contactless payment device on the benches.

They also come with built-in technology to monitor environmental data, including air quality, which can be checked via a mobile app made by Strawberry Energy.

Islington has five benches in Islington Green, Newington Green, Old Street and Essex Road, which has two.

The town hall’s environment boss Cllr Claudia Webbe, said: “These pioneering Smart Benches offer the best advances in smart technology and we are very pleased Islington is one of the first places in London to trial them. We look forward to seeing how they benefit residents, workers and visitors alike.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Islington Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Islington Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Islington Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Islington News Stories

Yesterday, 16:40

Angel Central bosses want to remove the famous wings sculpture – and replace it with a bridge.

Yesterday, 15:19

Islington’s sole competitive swimming club has started a last-ditch campaign to build a pool on the Holloway Prison site.

Yesterday, 12:30

Islington Bangladesh Association celebrated its 35th anniversary yesterday. The Gazette learns why it’s still going strong – after the charity helped to unite what had been a divided community in the 1980s.

Yesterday, 11:37

“Catastrophic” rather than “historic” is the message from an Islington headteacher on the government’s latest school funding reforms.

Yesterday, 11:07

Nominations are in for naming the new Archway town centre – and Squarey McSquareface is officially off the cards.

Yesterday, 10:20

Restaurant bosses in Highgate Hill are threatening legal action against Islington Council after customers were banned from parking outside their businesses.

Yesterday, 09:05

A Holloway tenant managed to get a reduction of her “absolutely shocking” rent at a tribunal.

Tue, 16:02

Inmates at Pentonville Prison shouted and complained they were “locked up like animals” as a judge and jury went behind bars to view the site where a 21-year-old new father was stabbed to death.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now