Here is a solution for seaside resorts and beach cities around the world. Dubai in the UAE is a major travel and tourism destination and a smart city. This smart city now has smart changing rooms at its beaches.
They are the latest innovation by a company D Idea Media, which introduced Smart Palms, the palm-shaped sustainable solar hubs that offer free Wi-Fi service and charging points for smart devices, in Dubai’s parks and beaches.
Dubai is fast changing into a smart city and changing rooms cannot lag behind in going smart! Well, we are not talking about smart virtual dress changing rooms. It is the changing rooms on Dubai beaches that are going smart.
Recently Dubai introduced
“Smart palm trees”. Created by Smart Palm and powered by solar energy each palm tree is 20ft high, has eight charging points, can cover WiFi within a 100 meter radius and has screens and security cameras. There are currently two trees already installed with a plan to install 103 more in the United Arab Emirates City.
It is a socially responsible product which runs entirely on solar energy. Apart from being a public facility allowing beach users to change somewhere lockable and private, the structure has been designed to enable incorporation of potential vending machines or pop-up shop (kiosks) also powered by sustainable energy.
Each dressing room is planned with two compartments, for male and female users. “The changing rooms have an alarm feature which sounds if the door is locked and there is no motion detected inside for five minutes, thus alerting in case of a medical emergency inside.”
Around 20kW of energy will be generated per day. This will be sufficient to not only service the changing room but also power the wind poles situated next to the structure. These will be used to light up powerful LED floodlighting over the beach. So, there is lighting inside the changing rooms and the public areas around it as well.
Proper lighting on the beach could help the municipality to consider the possibility of permitting night-time swimming, which is currently banned in Dubai.
The plan is to extend the concept on all beaches in Dubai.