[Tagging] Idea for a new tag: amenity=power_supply

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Sat Jun 22 00:52:55 UTC 2019

I agree that amenity=power_supply is useful for features that provide
free or paid access to an electrical outlet.

Another place where this would be useful is in airports and train
stations, where the waiting areas often have specific locations to
charge electronic devices.

There might be some confusion with "=charging_station" because
sometimes the facilities at airports are called a "Charging Station"
or similar, but the proposal and wiki page should make it clear when
to use each tag.

I'd recommend making a proposal page to document the tag. I think it's
likely to be approved, if you have the time to spend on it.

On 6/21/19, Michael Brandtner via Tagging <tagging at openstreetmap.org> wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm thinking about (and in fact, have already used about two times) a new
> tag: amenity=power_supply. It is meant for mapping places where you can get
> electrical power for a fee. They can be found at camping grounds and
> harbours. They have sockets you can use to get power and you can pay with a
> special card that you can buy at a shop (or maybe sometimes with credit
> cards or even coins, I'm not sure about that).
> The tagging scheme for this wouldn't really be new. You create a node at the
> location of the machine, similar how we already map amenity=water_point. For
> additional information about sockets etc., the already established tag
> power_supply=* can be used.
> Please note that this is not an amenity=charging_station. These devices are
> not meant for charging vehicles but for getting power for your boat or
> caravan while staying at a harbour or camping ground.
> By the way, the tag is not my invention. At the moment, it is already used
> 56 times.
> Do you think this is a good idea? I'd like to get your comments before
> starting an actual proposal process.
> Michael

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