AT&T Deploys Solar Powered Phone Chargers in New York City Parks
Published on: 18th Jun 2013
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USA based AT&T has deployed a number of free phone chargers around New York City, all powered by solar energy as part of a pilot trial of the facility.
AT&T Street Charge is a direct outgrowth of Superstorm Sandy when AT&T powered the City's distribution centers with commercial generators and pop-up cellular service. New Yorkers who had lost power for days or longer flocked to the centers seeking a charge and a way to communicate to the outside world.
AT&T teamed up with solar technology company Goal Zero and Brooklyn-based design firm Pensa to develop the initiative.
The solar mobile charging units work day or night, in sun or shade. During the day, three monocrystalline solar panels collect the sun's energy to charge up internal batteries. This enables AT&T Street Charge to provide recharging facilities even when the sun isn't shining.
In the trial, AT&T will deploy approximately 25 AT&T Street Charge solar mobile charging units across the five boroughs.
The solar powered mobile charging stations complement Wi-Fi in the Parks, an ongoing joint initiative between AT&T, the City of New York and the New York Parks Department offering free Wi-Fi access to New Yorkers - regardless of provider.