Power on the go

Commuters in Barbados will now be able to charge their phones while waiting for the bus, using only the power of the sun. 

This latest innovation by the Adopt A Stop workshop is being introduced in conjunction with its telecom partners, as well as other sponsors. 

Peter Sandiford powering up at the Digicel bus shelter on Government Hill.

Adopt A Stop project coordinator Barney Gibbs thanked sponsors Digicel and Flow, while pointing out that the initiative was open to all sponsors of the shelter project. 

“The charging points were developed by our employees to address a need they experienced themselves. They wanted to be able to charge their phones during bus waits. So we were proud when we connected the first depleted phone by USB cable to a shelter, and it immediately came to life,” he said.

The Adopt A Stop bus shelters were first installed in Barbados 20 years ago, and are designed to harmonize with traditional Barbadian architecture, using indigenous or repurposed materials. The greenheart wooden supports of the shelters, for example, were previously used in cane carts. 

However, the shelters are also intended to be on the cutting edge of technology, and utilize the ample amount of sun available in this part of the world. 

“With the full photovoltaic lighting, solar charging points, and a further technological improvement planned for 2017, it is not an exaggeration to say that these homegrown bus shelters will be among the most sophisticated in the world in terms of functionality,” Gibbs said.

When asked about the next planned innovation, he hinted that with the support of another large telecom sponsor, free public WiFi at the shelters was in the works. Since the bus shelter WiFi would also be solar powered, it would be available even if the national power grid was not functioning. 

“With the help of our sponsors, we will continue to make the shelters more phone-friendly to improve convenience and disaster preparedness, here and throughout the region,” Gibbs said.

3 Responses to Power on the go

  1. David Wyndoze
    David Wyndoze January 11, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Hope ppl remember
    to walk with their charge cord?

    Reply
  2. Marc Brathwaite January 11, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Great! When can I move in my TV, android box and sofa.

    Reply
  3. kathy-Ann Clarke January 11, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Wow, we getting big up. Way to go… just have to remember to walk with the chargers.

    Reply

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