A new smart lighting pole with enhanced internet of things (IoT) capabilities provides an all-in-one solution for smart cities.
Available from Signify, formerly Philips Lighting, the BrightSites smart pole accommodates a wide variety of IoT sensors and cameras, offering environmental monitoring and security options such as incident detection, while also providing always-on connectivity and controllable energy-efficient LED lighting, the company says.
The latest offering builds on earlier smart pole technology developed by Signify and Ericsson which provides LED lighting and 4G LTE wireless connectivity from small-cell base stations housed within the pole.
As Signify explains, street lighting now has the potential to shift from being a municipal utility and cost liability, to a revenue-earning dynamic data point, wireless connectivity hub and environmental monitor. The ability to host new services, such as telecommunications and even advertising, can generate revenue for municipalities.
“We’ve significantly upgraded our smart pole’s connectivity capabilities, including digital sensors and stronger WiFi for local connectivity,” said Musa Unmehopa, general manager of Signify’s BrightSites venture. “Concealed integrated antennas offer 4G and 5G services from multiple carriers. This delivers on the promise of the smart city of the future — transforming the humble streetlight into a platform for delivering smart city services.”
Plug-in features of the BrightSites smart pole include sensors to provide air quality and noise monitoring as well as to collect data to enhance overall livability in urban areas, Signify said.
Integrated cameras can observe road conditions to help improve traffic flows, alert emergency response teams and guide future maintenance decisions.
Other features include microphones with advanced pattern recognition which can be triggered by breaking glass, shouting, car alarms or even gunshots. They then automatically brighten the light, record audio and alert emergency services.
And integrated screens can display emergency messaging and targeted advertising.