What Exactly Are ‘Smart Poles’?
These days, Smart Poles are emerging as another necessary requirement for futuristic infrastructure. While the idea sounds fascinating, smart poles are really not similar to the conventional poles. There is a need to understand all about this innovation before getting your hands on its application.
By definition, a ‘Smart Pole’ is a modern replacement of a conventional light pole that offers all smart technologies. A usual Smart Pole bears a smart LED light, possibly offers an Electric Vehicle Charging System, and may also bear a camera, in addition to the expected features of OEMs Wireless Macro, and 5G technology. Most smart poles of today at least offer these functionalities.
However, to be genuinely compatible with a smart city of the future, smart poles cannot be confined to these functionalities only. A true smart pole must bear all the smart technologies instead of merely having a smart LED.
The idea behind the development of smart poles is to facilitate the overall infrastructure of a smart city. It means these poles should serve as a carrier for transmitting all technologies boasted by the city.
To begin with, smart poles must not have the usual smart LEDs that are used for illuminating household buildings. Rather these bulbs must be capable of illuminating the city with smart features, such as reduced energy consumption, increased functioning, minimal maintenance requirements, reduced carbon footprints.
Regarding the camera, smart poles must deliver more than just surveillance. The cameras they feature should ideally bear facial recognition, license plate scanning, vehicle recognition, video storage, deep data analytics, zoom capabilities, and high colors. Besides, the cameras must not ruin the city’s outlook and should remain hidden.
As expected, smart poles must support the provision of wireless connectivity on the go to keep the smart cities running. These poles may also become a useful resource for the underprivileged citizens, for instance, students may use this connectivity for educational purposes, such as, if they want to know how to test VPN connection on public WiFis.
Taking this facility to a broader level, smart poles may actually turn out to be the core structure of smart cities as they could easily facilitate the building up of smart city network.
In addition to the above, generally expected features, smart poles may also facilitate weather monitoring. Leveraging their open placements, these poles may be used for monitoring air quality, weather changes, dust pollution, the presence of allergens, and other conditions.
In short, these Smart Poles can become a key resource to drive smart communities only if they truly exhibit smart technology features.