Smart Palms launched their free wireless internet service for all of you beachgoers. These self-sustainable stations will not only give access to WiFi to 50 users at a time, but will display information on Dubai’s attractions, weather and other topics whilst being used to charge mobile phones and tablet computers.
These stations have been popping up in public parks and are now being planted on beaches, including next to Burj Al Arab Hotel, and Dubai Municipality plans to cover all open public beaches in Al Mamzar, Jumeirah and Umm Suqeim.
Alya Harmoudi, Director, Environment Department, Dubai Municipality, stated "each Smart Palm can support 50 users at a time and the stations can also display updates on events and activities on the beach and serve as a public announcement system that also shows beach rules, guidelines, tips and sea conditions." Each Smart Palm runs on its own solar power source and lights up at night for a cool and sleek look.
With the help of Dubai Municipality, Smart Palm creators D Idea Media, du, Sun Tab Solar Energy and Promo Tech Gulf Industry have managed to create these multipurpose stations.
The innovative project took them ten months to create. Lootah had said during last month’s unveiling of the Smart Palm: “Through Smart Palm, the public will be able to benefit from free direct access to the internet while providing valuable public information covering a range of topics including weather forecasts and orientation guides. Most importantly, these structures are entirely self-sufficient thanks to their mono crystal solar panels, which provide up to 21 per cent efficiency.”
Sounds good to us. If we're one of the 50 users, of course...