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Hong Kong turns lamp posts into smart infrastructure

The lamp posts will enable the real-time collection of city data such as air quality and vehicle flow via IoT sensors

Kowloon East is Hong Kong's smart city pilot area
Kowloon East is Hong Kong's smart city pilot area

Hong Kong is extending its smart street lighting solution from ST Engineering and is paving the way for an island-wide smart city deployment.


The engineering and technology company’s electronics division has been awarded a contract to conduct a proof-of-concept (POC) trial to deploy customised multi-purpose lamp posts (MPLPs) in Kowloon East, Hong Kong’s smart city pilot area. The trial will run until December 2019.


The MPLPs will be interconnected with a telecommunication network to form an Internet of Things (IoT) backbone. Leveraging IoT sensors fixed on the lamp posts, the MPLP will enable real-time collection of city data, such as weather, air quality, temperature, people and/or vehicle flow related information, for city management and the support of various applications of smart city initiatives.


Wi-fi hotspots to traffic updates


It will also provide services such as wi-fi hotspots, electric vehicle charging facilities, information dashboard for maps and directions, real-time traffic updates, and car parking vacancy space information. Renewable energy will be used to power the lamp posts at one of the trial sites.


“This programme goes beyond installing lamp posts for smart lighting services. It leverages technology to transform lamp posts into smart infrastructure that will enable smart services to be delivered to the residents in Hong Kong,” said Ravinder Singh, president of Electronics, ST Engineering.


He added: “Having successfully deployed 15 million sensors globally for street lighting, water and energy management, we are excited by this opportunity to extend our technology and expertise to Hong Kong in its smart city journey.”


This POC trial is Hong Kong’s first step towards enabling smart city applications by leveraging street lighting infrastructure to support the deployment of a robust and resilient wireless sensor network. ST Engineering has deployed wireless sensors in cities in Canada, France, Israel, New Zealand, the UK and the US.


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