Solar Charging Initiative – NEW YORK, May 18, 2014 ( Solar Thermal Magazine ) – AT&T will nearly double the number of solar mobile charging stations available in outdoor locations throughout the five boroughs this summer in an effort to forge a sustainable solution to keeping New Yorkers connected. Beginning this week, anyone with a mobile phone or tablet can charge their device for free at one of the AT&T Street Charge units in parks, beaches and outdoor gathering spots. After kicking off at the World’s Fair Anniversary event today, units will be deployed to more locations citywide throughout the summer.
The company, which has a history of developing cutting edge innovations spanning more than one hundred years, unveiled the latest model of AT&T Street Charge at the site of the 1964 World’s Fair in Queens, where the company debuted the world’s first“Picturephone” 50 years ago. The original Picturephone joined the AT&T Street Charge unit for a first-hand look at how far communications technology has come over the past five decades.
“AT&T is always looking for new ways technology can improve people’s every day lives. Fifty years ago, it was by introducing the “Picturephone” and today its about helping people keep the “picturephones” in their pockets fully charged while on the go,” saidMarissa Shorenstein, New York State President, AT&T.
AT&T Street Charge grew out of a need for a sustainable power source during Superstorm Sandy and took on a life of its own when we deployed more than two dozen solar-powered units around the city last summer. We’re excited to expand the program this year to more locations for longer periods of time so that anyone who needs a charge on the go can find one.
“We are pleased to be working with AT&T again this year to provide Street Charge stations in many parks throughout the City” said NYC Parks Deputy Commissioner for Management, Budget and Public Programs Robert Garafola.
In this day and age, people are becoming more tech-savvy and dependent on their mobile devices for communication, information and entertainment. As the warm weather approaches and New Yorkers take to the outdoors, they will be able to utilize the AT&T charging stations along with public WiFi at many parks and beaches. New Yorkers will now be able to stay charged and extend their visits to some of the City’s most scenic spaces.
User response to AT&T Street Charge in 2013 was overwhelmingly positive. AT&T made some additional upgrades to the enhanced and new units in order to make them more weather resistant and able to withstand higher usage. These changes will help ensure New Yorkers have the best experience possible while charging up.
New Yorkers can find AT&T Street Charge starting today, and at the following locations in all five boroughs through the summer:
- Central Park
- Marcus Garvey Park
- Coenties Slip
- Old Slip
- Pier 15
- East River Esplanade
- Bowling Green Park
- South Street Seaport
- Edgar Plaza
- Union Square
- Governor’s Island
- Flushing Meadows Corona Park
- Rockaway Beach
- Orchard Beach
- Brooklyn Bridge Park
- Coney Island
- Brighton Beach
- South Beach
- Midland Beach
AT&T Street Charge units work day or night, in sun or shade. During the day, three monocrystaline solar panels collect the sun’s energy to charge up powerful internal batteries. This enables AT&T Street Charge to power up phones, tablets, and other devices as quickly as a wall—even when the sun isn’t shining.
ST Staff Writers
This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.