The BrightSites IoT smart poles build on earlier smart pole technology pioneered by Signify and Ericsson that provides LED lighting and 4G LTE wireless connectivity from small-cell base stations housed within the pole. 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 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. 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. A new range of sleek designs allow these poles to match any urban aesthetic,” said Musa Unmehopa, General Manager of Signify’s BrightSites venture.
Plug-in features available with the BrightSites smart poles include sensors for up-to-the-moment environmental monitoring, such as air quality, noise and incident detection and which collect data, but also 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 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 can offer important emergency messaging as well as act as a revenue generator as targeted advertising boards.
BrightSites smart poles have already been installed in cities around the globe, from New Caledonia to San Jose, US to Hospitalet, Spain.