With devices like the Smart Bench, Strawberry is creating the next generation of Urban Furniture for Smart Cities by providing people on the go with a full battery, WiFi, relevant local info & more. Now in 30 cities, Strawberry is raising to expand its network of smart furniture to new cities.
By 2030 the world will have 41 megacities with 10+ million people: cities are the future. We've found that the infrastructure of most cities is unprepared to meet the needs of growing urban populations, and hasn't changed for decades. People are dependant on their smartphones and need easy access to both energy and connectivity wherever they are.
With award-winning devices like the Smart Bench, Strawberry creates furniture for Smart Cities to answer those needs. Smart Bench is a 100% solar powered hub that provides phone charging, WiFi, air quality sensing & local information.
Cities often do not have the agility or budgets to answer trends as quickly as needed, so we offer networks of Smart Benches free of charge to cities & people. We sell commercial sponsorship rights to brand our furniture across the network to brands that want to engage with people in an innovative way.
We launched our network in London in 2017, starting with 20 Smart Benches. Cancer Research was our first brand partner, followed by Ford UK, who paid us £90k. We've secured contracts in 3 London boroughs, potentially for 75 locations (40 locations confirmed), and plan to expand the network alongside a new sponsorship partner.
We also sell Smart Benches to land and real-estate owners like Canary Wharf and The Crown Estate, and have now installed our devices in over 30 cities.
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