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.”

Latest Islington News Stories

54 minutes ago

Thousands of people returned to Caledonian Road for its glorious street party yesterday.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Barnard Park in Barnsbury is one of Islington’s biggest – and therefore most important – green spaces. Naturally, people have been quarrelling about it from the very offset. The Gazette looks through the archives to see how the park developed.

Friday, June 15, 2018

The chapel at Islington’s Trent Park Cemetery in Cockfosters had to close because its windows kept getting smashed – but will be open on Father’s Day.

Friday, June 15, 2018

A huge project to build a social housing block on the Golden Lane estate will go ahead after the council agreed to fund it with £7million of unspent Right to Buy cash.

Friday, June 15, 2018

It’s the 10th anniversary of Ben Kinsella’s senseless murder on June 29. The anti-knife crime trust set up in his name is marking the tragedy with a 10k walk in his memory.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Seven film club pupils from Vittoria Primary School in Barnsbury made their own film – and had it shown in Paris at the Cinémathèque Française, the French equivalent of the BFI.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Robbery offences increased by 73 per cent in Islington in the past year, new figures show.

Friday, June 15, 2018

A conman from Highbury has been jailed for his part in tricking elderly and vulnerable people into withdrawing money.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Fostering older teenagers means giving them the skills for life as an adult. Here, a supportive lodgings carer with Islington Council and young adult who has left care share their stories

Newsletter Sign Up

Islington Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

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