Connect your device using a cable, USB port or Qi-compatible pad (marked with (( )) on the bench), and press the START button to enjoy the free solar energy.
Find “Smart Bench” Wi-Fi on your device, accept the Terms and Conditions, and create a new account or just log in. Once set up, you can access free internet, via the Strawberry Smart Bench.
Check out current environmental conditions, such as noise level and CO2, with the StrawberryApp on Android and iOS devices.
Just sit and enjoy
Strawberry Energy is developing solar-powered urban furniture for smart and sustainable cities.
The Smart Bench enhances people’s experience in public spaces and improves urban living, by
making cities smarter and more convenient to live in. These benches (#SmartBenchUK) were chosen
as one of the winning solutions at the ‘Connecting People and Creating Communities’ competition,
organised by the Institute for Sustainability in partnership with the Mayor of London’s Office
and supported by EIT Digital. Their work has been recognised by global media such as BBC, CNN,
Financial Times and Forbes.
Ford collaborates with Strawberry Energy to make London’s streets smarter and more welcoming for
everyone to walk, spend time in and engage in community life by bringing the next generation of
street furniture to Londoners, for an initial 2-month period. A network of 20 FORD SMART BENCHES
is providing people on-the-go with high-tech resting and gathering places, offering free power and
WiFi connectivity, fully powered by solar energy.
Ford wants to help you move more easily today, and in the “City of Tomorrow”. This bench and 19 others in London will give you free wifi to empower physical and social mobility and connect people in new ways. Together with Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford, we look for transformational ideas for your journey into the future.
Before you surf the web with this free wifi service made possible by Ford, we hope you will choose to support one of the three UK-based charities below by making a donation here. Ford Fund will then match all donations made through this site up to £10,000 per charity through the 30th of November, 2017. The charities we support:
· Give To Macmillan Cancer Support
· Rethink Mental Illness: Time to Change campaign
· St Mungo's: Ending Homelessness, Rebuilding Lives