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Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) is installing new “ smart poles ” that serve as street lights, traffic lights, environmental sensors, step counters, smartphone chargers, Wi-Fi hotspots, video surveillance, etc.
Twenty-six smart poles have already been installed in six districts of the city, the functions of each pole being adapted to the needs of its location in the city.
SMG plans to continue deploying the poles and piloting a version of the infrastructure that can also charge drones and electric vehicles, and detect parking violations.
The city plans to use drones to ‘monitor potential disasters and emergency relief efforts’, and later this year the drones will be able to recharge from the top of the poles while sending data back to SMG . A city spokesperson said the project was in the planning stage.
Smart city project
When the street infrastructure needs to be replaced or installed, SMG will integrate it into the smart poles where possible to reduce costs and reduce clutter.
Lee Won-Mok, Director General of Smart Cities Policy at Seoul Metropolitan Government, said, “Smart poles help to effectively consolidate somewhat elaborate road facilities, not only retaining their innate functions, but also emphasizing evidence various intelligent technological features.
“These S-Poles are expected to improve cityscapes and improve the safety, well-being and convenience of our Seoul citizens. They will also serve as charging stations for drones and electric vehicles, allowing the city to become a smart city. “
Put the infrastructure in the trash
The project reflects a growing trend towards the versatility of street infrastructure in order to minimize visual clutter and the use of public space. Streetlights have generally been the most common platform, but services are now also integrated into bins.
Bigbelly, which provides solar-powered smart bins, recently announced the launch of its Telebelly product in the UK. The solution, which is already available in Australia, extends the functionality of traditional Bigbelly tubs by incorporating small cell poles and antennas to improve connectivity.
“Wherever a public trash can is appropriate, a Telebelly can be the solution to hiding small cells in plain sight,” the company said.
Bigbelly says Telebelly, which is 4G and 5G compatible, could accelerate the growth of the UK’s small cell network and pave the way for 5G by making it easier for carriers to deploy faster, more reliable service without rely on a large scale. mast installations.
Alex Gamota, Senior Vice President of Bigbelly, said: “Considering how Bigbelly is typically used in densely populated areas with high traffic, which is typically where increased coverage and telecommunications capacity is. necessary, there is a high degree of synergy between the public waste collection aspect of the system and Telebelly. “
In a separate project with Bigbelly, smart bins in Dublin are also in use to measure the agitation in the city and to house infrastructures of small cells.
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Published March 29, 2021 – 14:00 UTC