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Signify smart pole aims to "turbocharge" smart cities

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.

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The smart pole can help to offer city-wide 4G/5G and wi-fi connectivity
The smart pole can help to offer city-wide 4G/5G and wi-fi connectivity

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.

 

Always-on connectivity

 

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:

  • sensors to provide up-to-the-moment environmental monitoring, such as air quality, noise and incident detection and which collect data to support decisions that can enhance overall livability in urbans areas;
  • cameras which can observe road conditions to help improve traffic flows, guide maintenance decisions and emergency crew deployment;
  • smart microphones equipped with advanced pattern recognition which can be triggered by noises associated with anti-social behaviour such as shouting, car alarms, breaking glass, or even gunshots. They then automatically brighten the light, record audio and alert emergency services;
  • display screens which can offer important emergency messaging as well as act as a revenue generator as targeted advertising boards.

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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