Residents embrace smart shelter makeover

yStop’s newest community engagement collaboration to enhance digital access for Melbourne residents has already proved popular, with over 400 connections to free WiFi and charging points in its first month.

To support the 1 in 5 Doveton households without internet access, yStop provided the digital upgrades to a set of bus shelters in the City of Casey earlier this year.

In the program’s first four weeks, people connected to the WiFi zones wirelessly 203 times or brought their own cable to charge their device 198 times thanks to yStop’s solar-powered technology installed at each shelter.

The initiative is part of the City of Casey’s greater digital inclusion program that aims to address the southeast suburb’s high rate of digital disadvantage and exclusion, including lack of home internet access which is double the city’s average of 1 in 10 homes.

yStop has partnered with Casey for the past two years for the installation and maintenance of other public infrastructure assets (bins), with the expansion into bus shelter upgrades supporting yStop’s holistic commitment to community engagement projects. The maintenance on such projects is provided to the council and community at no cost, funded by a local business sponsorship model.

This project follows our installation of solar-powered compacting bins for a Sydney council in August, which can each hold up to 1200 litres of waste or five times the standard bin volume of 240 litres.

Councils Australia-wide are invited to find out more about public infrastructure assets for their public spaces by contacting yStop director Len Luxford on 1300 236 242 or via email.

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