COM³ pilots: Now you can charge your mobile device with solar energy and surf the internet for free in Torsby!

05 November 2020 - Published by P. Khodabakhsh
Several installations have been made possible through the COM³ project in Torsby, Sweden, such as free Wi-Fi in the town center, solar cell benches where you can charge your portable devices and a local e-commerce platform to extend the shops' opening hours and availability.

A couple of days ago, two digital solar cell benches in Torsby were inaugurated by Torsby's municipal councilor Peter Jonsson together with Anna-Lena Carlsson, CEO Tuab and André Liljemark, project manager in Torsby. The investment has been made possible through the Interreg North Sea project COM³.

The project has also installed free Wi-Fi in Sysslebäck and Torsby town centre, which in the first 30 days has had about 3,000 connected devices (mobile phones, tablets, computers, etc.). A mobile unit with access points that can be used at various events to relieve the ordinary mobile network has also been purchased within the project. It can be used at large events such as markets and football cups where many visitors gather, and the regular mobile network needs to be relieved.

"For example, we used the mobile unit to the Corona secured rally 'Rally Sweden lockdown' and ensured that it could be broadcasted by Swedish Television", says project manager André Liljemark.

E-commerce will benefit stores in Torsby

COM³ has also contributed to the municipality's business community being able to start up a local e-commerce platform to increase the stores' opening hours and availability. The e-commerce will initially be "click and collect", which means that you buy your goods online and pick them up in store.

"We will benefit greatly from the COM³ project to meet future demands for accessibility and service", says store owner Emma Göransson, who runs the store Hedbergs Kläder in Torsby town center.

Learn more about the COM³ pilot project in Torsby here.