The advent of new technologies brings with it the possibility of integrating new functions into seemingly simple and mundane objects. A great example of this is street light poles.
In the past, street light poles only had one major function. They were simply employed to mount light fixtures that are used to illuminate streets and roadways. Modern technologies such as video cameras, wireless networks, call boxes, and EV chargers can now be fully integrated into light poles so that they can serve a multitude of useful functions.
What Makes a Light Pole "Smart"?
A smart pole is a light pole that integrates elements of lighting, communication, and wireless technology. Smart street light poles utilize their two main features, a power supply system and its location, to incorporate other functions, including the Internet of Things (IoT), to form a multi-pole system.
●Sensors for air quality, noise, incident detection temperature/humidity, etc.
●EV charging outlet.
Key Technologies Integrated into Smart Light Poles
Adaptive Lighting Systems
Sensors are used to make dynamic lighting adjustments based on environmental factors. For example, photosensors detect the presence of (or lack of) sunlight to automatically turn street lamps on or off. In some cases, they can also use dimming controls.
IoT (Internet of Things) Sensors
IoT describes devices with sensors, processing ability, software, and other technologies that connect and exchange data with other devices and systems over the Internet or other communications networks.
IoT is somewhat of a loose term because devices do not need to be connected to a public internet. They only need to be connected to a network and be individually addressable.
Using IoT sensors, an IoT light pole can monitor air quality, traffic, weather, and more. The data acquired by the sensors is then relayed to municipal departments for analysis.
Smart light poles can be used to expand 5G networks. 5G light poles can be used as additional nodes in the network.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Smart street light poles can be used as EV charging points in urban settings. They can increase the number of charging stations in use in a given area, making them more convenient for EV drivers.
Surveillance and Security Features
Safety is enhanced with integrated cameras and sensors. This alerts local authorities and first responders to any issues in the area and improves their response times.
Benefits of Smart Light Poles
Enhanced Urban Safety
They provide improved street lighting and surveillance capabilities allowing for a safer environment for residents.
They provide seamless internet and network access, ensuring uninterrupted connections.
Real-time data collection allows for smarter city planning. This can improve such things as traffic flow and public alerts.
They provide sustainable and cost-saving solutions for urban lighting. Using energy-efficient LED lighting along with daylight sensors can significantly decrease energy consumption which saves money.
Design Flexibility and Customization
They are designed to seamlessly blend with urban landscapes. This preserves a city's aesthetic appeal.
They have a modular design that allows for easy upgrades and the addition of new technologies. Future technological advancements can be easily and seamlessly integrated into the system.
LightMart can help identify customized solutions to meet specific city or commercial requirements. This ensures that each pole serves its multifunctional purpose.
Environmental and Energy Efficiency
Sustainable Energy Sources
Smart poles can incorporate wind and solar energy harvesting capabilities. These capabilities can allow for off-grid energy collection and storage for later use.
Energy-efficient LED lights used with smart poles reduce energy consumption and costs. It also has a longer lifespan than any other type of lighting which saves time and money on maintenance concerns.
Smart poles can be equipped with sensors to monitor air quality, noise levels, and other environmental factors, providing real-time data for city officials.
Integrated battery storage ensures continuous operation during power outages. This keeps streets safely lit in the event of an emergency.