It can be exasperating when you are out and about when you realise that your mobile phone is low on battery; and it adds to the frustration when you need to urgently contact someone.
Fret no more as Singapore Power (SP) has launched a new initiative called the 'Gift of Power' — as part of SG50 celebrations — to install a network of charging stations islandwide for Singaporeans to charge their mobile devices for free.
In partnership with SingHealth's group of public healthcare institutions, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, tertiary institutions such as the National University of Singapore, Singapore University of Technology and Design and Singapore Polytechnic; National Library Board and NTUC FairPrice supermarkets, these charging stations will be conveniently located at public hospitals and clinics, universities, polytechnics, public libraries and supermarkets.
SP said that it will progressively roll out close to 200 stations by December 2015, and at least 20 stations will be installed by mid-August. Approximately 40 additional machines will be introduced every subsequent month till the end of the year, it added.
Currently, eight charging stations are already up and running. Three are at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) — two at the Academia building and one at the Singapore National Eye Centre — and five are at NTUC FairPrice supermarkets in Hougang Street 21, Ang Mo Kio Hub, Thomson Plaza, nex mall and The Woodgrove.
All members of the public can access this charging facility, which displays operating instructions in English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil on-screen. To charge their devices, users simply need to scan the barcode of their personal identification card and create a unique four-digit personal identification number (PIN) before leaving their device in a secured locker. Users must repeat this two-step authentication process to retrieve their device.
Each station is equipped with 10 individual slots, which contain different charging tips that will fit most mobile phones and tablets; as well as a blank USB port for users to insert their own charging cables.
"Mobile devices are an essential part of everyday life. Running out of power when we least expect it can be inconvenient, and even distressing. Just as Singapore Power serves the nation by striving to keep the light on 24/7, the Gift of Power reaffirms our commitment to always be there for Singapore, by helping it to stay connected," said Wong Kim Yin, Group CEO of Singapore Power.
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