The streetlight unit combines embedded gigabit-speed mmWave wireless connectivity into light poles featuring wi-fi access points, HD cameras and more.
Multi-gigabit wireless fibre connectivity provider, Siklu, has announced an initiative with outdoor lighting systems manufacturer Schréder to create a wireless smart pole for smart city services.
The streetlight unit combines embedded gigabit-speed mmWave wireless connectivity into light poles featuring wi-fi access points, HD cameras and more for smart city, campus and similar environments. The new module will launch officially in the first quarter of next year under the name Shuffle Wireless Backhaul.
The Shuffle smart pole is constructed of rotatable and interchangeable modules that seamlessly integrate various LED lighting options, security cameras, wi-fi access points, EV charging sockets, audio speakers and small cells for 4G/5G mobile networks.
According to Siklu, when cities or campuses wish to add these devices to an existing pole, the result is an unsightly “Christmas tree” look with boxes and wires protruding everywhere. In addition, these devices need connectivity – fibre where available, but often wireless. Adding a wireless connectivity device externally can exacerbate the aesthetics problem.
The companies claim the newly announced module on the Shuffle solves this problem by integrating all the cameras and APs, as well as the mmWave MultiHaul, wireless system into a ‘sleek’ unit measuring approximately between 3 -7 metres high, depending on what modules are chosen.
The MultiHaul provides just under 2 Gbps of capacity, operating in the license-free 60GHz band, which is widely supported around the world. With this offering, Shuffle smart poles can connect to each other in a daisy chain, or in a point-to-multipoint topology. The latter has one Shuffle with a base unit that can connect up to eight additional units.
“City infrastructure is an ideal vehicle for wi-fi hotspots and built-in cameras offer an unobtrusive security overlay. This new module is a win-win for cities and campuses alike”
With a flexible fibre or copper interface to a fibre point of presence (POP) this combined solution makes deployment of next-generation smart city services cost-effective and easier to deploy, the companies report.
“City infrastructure is an ideal vehicle for wi-fi hotspots and built-in cameras offer an unobtrusive security overlay. This new module is a win-win for cities and campuses alike, bringing gigabit wireless connectivity and helping lower the civil works budget needed to otherwise install such a product,” said Cristian Tanase, smart pole programme manager at Schréder.
The Shuffle is designed to be environmentally friendly with LED lighting and low overall power consumption. It also eliminates the possible need for trenching and other street work to connect a smart pole to a fibre internet connection, reducing installation time, the companies report.
“Smart Cities require advanced gigabit connection solutions to tie all the smart applications together,” added Ronen Ben-Hamou, CEO of Siklu. “The new Shuffle with integrated gigabit wireless from Siklu leads the way in meeting this requirement and delivers on ease of deployment in an aesthetically-pleasing form factor.”
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