New York smartphone users have one less thing to worry about during their daily outings -- that dreaded "low battery" alert.
AT&T is rolling out its Street Charge program, which places solar-powered mobile charging stations throughout the five boroughs of New York City, reports NBCNews.com
The program is described as a "direct outgrowth of Superstorm Sandy, when AT&T powered New York City's distribution centers with commercial generators and pop-up cellular service."
Following Sandy, which caused blackouts throughout many areas of New York City, the company assisted city residents by setting up cell phone charging stations for those without power. The members of the AT&T team then recognized a need for more "sustainable charging" options in the city.
The project is a collaboration between them and the solar technology company Goal Zero as well as the Brooklyn-based design firm Pensa.
The 25 charging stations will be go up between now and the end of summer. The stations stand 10 feet tall, says CNET, consisting of a tower with three arms at the top. The solar panels rest on the arms.
If charged to capacity, each station is supposed to then harness enough power for three to four days of continuous charging. In direct sunlight, the stations charge in just four hours. And they provide the same amount of mobile charging power as a regular wall outlet.
Units are already available at Governor's Island, Union Square and Pier 1 at Riverside Park, Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn and two stations at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
According to CNET, each station will feature plugs compatible for microUSB, USB, iPhone 4 and iPhone 5.
The pilot program will run through the end of this year.
All of the planned locations are listed below:
Riverside Park, Pier I
Union Square Park, North Plaza (launches 6/19)
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park Summerstage
Hudson River Park Pier 59
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1
Fort Greene Park
The Dumbo Arts Festival
The Brooklyn Book Festival
Clearview Golf Course
Socrates Sculpture Park
La Tourette Golf Course; Staten Island Zoo
Treye Green is a reporter for The International Business Times and a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Green has shot, edited and...