- Smart pole is a ready platform for lighting and city-wide 4G/5G and WiFi infrastructure
- Accommodates wide variety of IoT sensors and cameras offering environmental monitoring and enhanced security options such as incident detection. Potential revenue-earning services through telecoms and advertising
- Sleek exteriors and concealed integrated antennas ensure these poles fit into their environment maintaining the city’s overall aesthetic
Eindhoven, the Netherlands – 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 (and tomorrow). The new BrightSites smart pole from Signify (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting, provides an all-in-one solution. It accommodates a wide variety of IoT applications, always-on connectivity, cameras and environmental sensors – as well as controllable high-quality energy-efficient LED lighting – while maintaining the integrity of the urban environment.
BrightSites illustrates Signify’s strategy to leverage lighting infrastructure to develop new capabilities and services for its customers. The innovation further underlines the company’s leadership in lighting for the Internet of Things. The new BrightSites IoT 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.
Evolution: from streetlight to smart 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.