New age technology ramps up park visits

November 20, 2017 by  

State-of-the-art technology has come to park benches across Campbelltown.

Earlier this year Campbelltown City Council approved a trial run of a Steora Smart Bench, which was installed at Mawson Park.

The multi-purpose bench has since been providing park visitors with somewhere to recharge phones, hook up to Wi-Fi, and rest all at one time.

Following its initial success, the Council has now decided to extend the trial by rolling out more benches to several more locations.

Locations joining the trial will include the John Kidd Reserve, St Helens Park, Macquarie Fields and Leumeah skate parks, and St Helens Park and Macquarie Fields leash-free dog parks.

Cr. George Brticevic said extending the smart benches trial is exciting and he would eventually like to see one in every multi-purpose facility, skate park and dog park in the city.

In addition to giving park users an opportunity to charge their phones, the four-seater benches, which weigh 68kgand are 1.8 metres wide, also have the ability to collect data such as humidity and temperature, while also performing diagnostics and monitoring usage.

According to brochure printing describing the product, vandalism attacks are identified and tracked immediately via an internal tracking system.

According to Ivan Lozic of Clean Air Energy, which has the distribution rights in Australia, each delivered and installed bench costs $6200.