Bench with a buzz

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

PEO­PLE will be able to charge their dig­i­tal de­vices while en­joy­ing a break on Al­bany High­way af­ter a so­lar-pow­ered smart bench was in­stalled in East Victoria Park.

The high-tech bench is op­po­site Antz Inya Pantz HQ and has some use­ful fea­tures.

Town of Victoria Park Deputy Mayor Brian Oliver said peo­ple could now charge mo­bile de­vices us­ing two USB ports and a wire­less charg­ing sta­tion when vis­it­ing the pop­u­lar Al­bany High­way strip.

“Ven­ti­la­tion fans will also pro­vide a cool place to re­treat to on hot sum­mer days and am­bi­ent night-time light­ing will help cre­ate a pleas­ant at­mos­phere, liven­ing up the area,” Mr Oliver said.

“We are hop­ing that the com­mu­nity wel­comes the bench and uses it as much as pos­si­ble.

“It will pro­vide a place for peo­ple to rest and has the added bonus of be­ing a func­tional piece of fur­ni­ture that pro­motes sus­tain­able en­ergy sources.”

The smart bench will be moved around the Town to en­sure as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble get to ex­pe­ri­ence the new tech­nol­ogy.

In­for­ma­tion on the sur­round­ing tem­per­a­ture, air qual­ity and how many peo­ple use the bench will be col­lected to as­sess its pop­u­lar­ity.

The Ste­ora Smart Bench is the first to be in­stalled in WA and was pur­chased from Aus­tralian dis­trib­u­tor Cleanair.

Victoria Park res­i­dent Caitlin Crothers said the smart bench was cool and would be con­ve­nient for peo­ple to charge their de­vices.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d472536

Caitlin Crothers and Josh Nor­ris try out the new bench.

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