IMPLEMENTING SMART CITY TECHNOLOGY
-These cities are accomplishing multiple agendas with one smart solution-
Smart urban street furniture has been an integral part of smart city development ever since
the smart city movement has emerged. Local governments, brands, corporations and
environmental NGOs identified the need to enhance functionality, benefits and attractiveness
of open public spaces through digital innovation.
Smart Benches became an integral part of changes and digital transformation that are shaping
the environmental initiatives throughout European cities. Why are they a convenient
improvement for European cities and their open spaces?
They do not disrupt the urban setup, like landmark parks or architectural beauty of old
squares, in the sense of changing the landscape or “modernizing” the surroundings. Smart
Benches are the new form of traditional meeting points, but now with features that serve
the 21st century lifestyles.
Smart Bench Minis are very affordable and thus, ideal for small cities with fairly
limited budgets for urban planning of open spaces and investment in smart city
By installing the Smart Bench network, a city becomes a part of “Smart City club” and
joins the efforts for promoting sustainable solutions, gets better visitors’ reviews and
Strawberry energy has formed a reliable and long-term partnership with over 30 companies in
Europe, Australia and North America that distribute smart city technology. Through those
successful partnerships we are able to connect with local governments, commercial brands,
property developers and make sure that Strawberry Smart Benches are present all over the
Strawberry App is mapping every single Smart Bench, anywhere in the world, and here are some
of our latest additions:
1. Recklinghausen, Germany (in partnership with Grein SMART Energy )
The city government wanted to promote clean energy resources and enhance the open public
spaces by installing smart sustainable solutions. Recklinghausen’s Smart Bench is part of
broader efforts to implement concepts for the expansion of solar energy and climate
protection in the region.
“It sends general environmental and consumption data that we as a city can call up, for
example, data on air quality, general weather data or the amount of stored electricity and
how often it was charged.” says the city's climate protection manager Lara Wahrmann.
2. Tanagra, Greece (in partnership with Elite Areas):
Several Smart Bench Minis were installed in Tanagra province, near Athens in Greece. They
are a cool addition to the beauty of this area that receives a lot of sun during the year,
and Smart Benches really feel at home there. Tanagra is now officially on the smart city
3. Risor, Norway:
Risor is a city in the south of Norway. It got its first Smart Bench Mini in January 2021.
Smart Bench is sponsored by Tekna, The
Norwegian Society of Graduate Technical and
Scientific Professionals. Winters in Risor are harsh, but there’s was no doubt that Smart
Bench Mini would be up for the task. Investing in quality and durability of our benches has
proven once again to be the best policy. If you’d like to see how our Smart Bench Mini is
successfully handling the freezing temperatures in Risor, check out this post!
4. The City of Yarra, Melbourne (in partnership with Eco Renewable Energy)
Eco Renewable Energy, Strawberry energy partner for Australian market, has done some amazing
work in The City of Yarra, a local government area in Melbourne. They partnered with Yarra
City Council to provide and install three new smart solar
benches. The goal of Yarra City
Council was to assure better sustainability of open public spaces and encourage locals and
visitors to sit, relax and recharge in nature, using 100% clean solar energy.
Activation of public spaces using sustainable smart city solutions
has become increasingly
important ever since the pandemic started. Smart street furniture can be viewed as the
multi-function social hubs in the open that work to increase connections between business,
community and visitors, while raising awareness of the urban impact on climate change
through environmental measurement and reporting.
Our Partner Program is an ever-growing network of companies and organizations looking to
expand their portfolio with top quality smart city products and enable a fresh revenue
stream for their business. For all the details about Strawberry energy Partnership program
and products, visit our website.
If you’d like to see many other Smart Benches all around the world and how we work with
local governments and brands, make sure to check our social media channels: