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Ever gone straight from work to Friday night drinks and had to carry your laptop to the bar? Perhaps you went from university to a sporting event and had to bring your heavy books? Yellowbox is a network of smart lockers you can hire on demand using your phone.

Located all over the city centre, the yellowbox app shows a live map of all yellowbox smart lockers near you. When you arrive at your locker you simply tap a button on your phone and the bluetooth smart locker pops open, and you can begin hiring your locker on demand.

Found in public spaces, beaches, leisure and aquatic centres, retail and entertainment venues, our goal is that if you are in the city centre, you are always within a 5 minute walk from your closest yellowbox.

Yellowbox smart lockers let visitors experience your venue hands-free while keeping their bags and jackets safe.

A Hands-free Customer Experience

Customers without physical burdens report a higher satisfaction rating

Drive Foot Traffic

Adding your property to the live Yellowbox map on the mobile app draws customers to your property

Increase Length of Stay

Peace of mind results in longer stays and increased spend

Brand your space as digital

Associate your development with being safe, relaxing, digital and innovative

  1. Full service - we provide full 24/7 in-app customer service so this will not add any extra workload to staff.
  2. Install anywhere - we have yellowboxes at the beach which is exposed to sun, wind and located outdoors. Because yellowboxes are battery powered, we do not need to consider power sockets when deciding on the installation location.
  3. Retrofit option - already have lockers at your location? Even better! We can easily retrofit your lockers and brand them as digital by replacing old locks with our yellowbox smart lock.

What is the goal of the project?

Making cities more liveable at a time of rapid population growth.

Yellowboxes encourage walking and public transport by providing a thoughtful public amenity for citizens. Yellowbox's virtual key feature also allows the lockers to be turned into shared, inner-city letterboxes for exchange of goods. In the long term, this can reduce congestion and mobility challenges as central Amsterdam turns into a car-less city.

What is the result of the project?

The yellowbox network was initially built in Sydney, Australia where currently 5 million people walk past a yellowbox every year. They are currently found at beaches, tourist destinations and public spaces.
We were able to achieve this by partnering with city councils as part of the Sydney Smart City Strategy. The reason municipalities were interested was because this is technology that citizens can directly feel, touch, and understand the value of.

Who initiated the project and which organizations are involved?

We are funded by Arcadis and just completed the Arcadis City of 2030 Smart Cities Accelerator Program, powered by Techstars, in Amsterdam.

What is the next step?

The next step is European expansion - we are targeting the Netherlands as our first point of entry. We are looking for property owners who are interested in having yellowbox smart-lockers at their venue: e.g. municipalities, transport hubs, shopping centre owners, sports facilities, entertainment venues, stadiums, etc

What can other cities learn from your project?

Other cities can replicate the yellowbox network and gain inspiration on the types of venues that are suitable for yellowboxes, and proven metrics on the benefits yellowboxes pose to citizen experience, boosts to tourism, reduction in theft, and improvements in mobility as a cohesive value add to the Smart City Strategy.

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