New BrightSites smart pole by Signify for smart city infrastructure

The new BrightSites smart pole is a ready platform for lighting and city-wide 4G/5G and WiFi infrastructure. It accommodates a wide variety of IoT sensors and cameras, offering environmental monitoring and enhanced security options such as incident detection alongside controllable high-quality energy-efficient LED lighting – and potential revenue-earning services through telecoms and advertising.

Digital infrastructure today is important to a city’s economic vitality and quality of life, on par with physical infrastructure like roads, bridges, and water pipes. Yet most components of a city’s digital backbone are insufficient to meet the modern connectivity needs of today, says Signify.

“The BrightSites smart pole illustrates Signify’s strategy to leverage lighting infrastructure to develop new capabilities and services for its customers,” says the company. It builds 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.

A new range of sleek designs allows these poles to match any urban aesthetic.

The 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.

“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.

Some of 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
  • Data collection to support decisions that can enhance overall livability in urban areas.
  • Cameras which can observe road conditions to help improve traffic flows, guide maintenance decisions, and direct 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

The BrightSites smart poles are available globally. More information here.


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