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Smart benches all the rage

Anna Pakulniewicz 01 September 2017

Anna Pakulniewicz

Journalist

+48 22 356 25 07
anna@eurobuildcee.com

Ania covers the Baltic states’ real estate markets, architecture and urban planning in Warsaw as well as interior design. She is also the co-founder of Eurobuild TV. Among others, she has been employed by TVN CNBC, PAP Insider, WBJ (The Observer), Poland Monthly and IMM. She graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics, majoring in international relations. She has also completed postgraduate studies in macroeconomic analysis. In addition to this, she studied Lithuanian philology

Smart benches all the rage
Seedia develops intelligent city infrastructure devices, such as benches and bus-stops,

POLAND BValue is to invest PLN 1–3 mln in Seedia, which produces solar benches and innovative devices for smart cities.

This is the first project of the fund as part of the latest Bridge Alfa scheme carried out jointly with NCBiR. Seedia is a start-up in Kraków establish by Piotr Hołubowicz – a young engineer from the Kraków University of Science and Technology [AGH], who was later joined by Artur Racicki, the founder of Social Wi-Fi. Seedia designs and creates smart devices for urban infrastructure powered by solar panels, such as benches, stands, bus shelters and street furniture. All the devices are environmentally-friendly and equipped with charging modules for mobile devices, Wi-Fi modules and smog detectors. These devices fit perfectly into the idea of a smart city, both aesthetically and functionally, and have already succeeded in making the lives of the residents of a number of Polish cities easier. Over the next twelve months the company intends to install app. 300 devices across Poland.

“In the last ten years the price of a single sensor has more than halved, coming to less than 60 US cents as an average price per item. It has been similar for solar panels. Such factors have given a considerable boost to the Internet of Things and the proliferation of online devices in public space. Start-ups operating in the smart city segment are making citizens’ lives significantly easier and are a valuable source of data for administrative bodies and companies managing urban infrastructure,” explains Maciej Balsewicz, the president of BValue fund. “The project fits perfectly into our investment profile and our experience with smart city products. Seedia offers products available for everyone and that improve everyone’s life. Our products are not only functional, but also have an excellent design and are environmentally-friendly. We believe in projects that solve real problems, because only such projects, with the right support, are commercially viable,” he adds.



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