The new BrightSites pole provides an all-in-one solution to accommodate a wide variety of IoT applications and always on connectivity as well as LED lighting.
Signify (formerly Philips Lighting) has introduced an all-in-one smart pole platform for lighting and city-wide 4G/5G and wi-fi infrastructure.
According to Signify, the new BrightSites IoT poles build on earlier smart pole technology developed by itself and Ericsson that provides LED lighting and 4G LTE wireless connectivity from small-cell base stations housed within the pole.
The new solution accommodates a variety of IoT applications, always-on connectivity, cameras and environmental sensors as well as controllable high-quality energy-efficient LED lighting.
“We’ve significantly upgraded our smart pole’s connectivity capabilities, including digital sensors and stronger wi-fi for local connectivity. Concealed integrated antennas offer 4G and 5G services from multiple carriers,” said Musa Unmehopa, general manager of Signify’s BrightSites venture.
“This delivers on the promise of the smart city of the future – transforming the humble streetlight into a platform for delivering smart city services.”
Signify claims the new poles, with enhanced IoT capabilities, underscore the evolution of street lighting from being a municipal utility and cost liability, to a potential revenue-earning dynamic data point, wireless connectivity hub, and environmental monitor.
“This delivers on the promise of the smart city of the future – transforming the humble streetlight into a platform for delivering smart city services”
This ability to host new services, such as telecommunications and even advertising can generate revenue for municipalities.
Among the plug-in features BrightSites smart poles offer include:
Signify reports the smart poles have already been installed in cities around the globe, from New Caledonia to San Jose in the US to Hospitalet in Spain.
“The BrightSites smart poles have allowed us to transform public spaces by seamlessly integrating technology into citizens’ daily lives,” added David Quirós, city councillor for innovation and culture, Hospitalet.
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