Modern cities are facing enormous challenges. But technological developments and, more specifically, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and the Internet of Things (IoT) gives new capabilities that enhance sustainability and help us more efficiently manage the resources needed to improve the urban environment. This is being achieved through the participation of citizens, municipal authorities and local businesses in the daily life of the city.
COSMOTE is facilitating this transition to new Smart Cities through innovative technologies and solutions. These solutions are applicable to various aspects of city life and are offered through a ‘smart’ services platform and an integrated networking infrastructure. Smart Bench is one of these solutions.
People in cities, especially in the Mediterranean countries, spend several hours outdoors and mobile phones and tablets are a major part of their everyday life. The need for rest, internet connection and mobile devices recharge is constantly increasing.
The smart bench combines the advantages of a conventional relaxation point, provision of services for charging mobile devices, internet connection via 4G WiFi, socializing via WiFi, and has adjustable temperature for comfort, even on the hottest days. And all this through the use of solar energy, as smart benches charge exclusively from the sun.
Upgrading cities through smart urban equipment solutions provides multiple benefits, since civilians and tourists can move around their city without the hassle of charging their mobile devices. Depending on the model, the smart bench can provide data on traffic, weather, pollution to the appropriate recipients. Finally, it can also serve as lighting for sidewalks during the night.