Saturday, December 19, 2015

San Jose's New "SmartPoles" are a Global First

San Jose has become the first city in the world to get Philips SmartPoles, which are perhaps the most technologically advanced street lights ever manufactured. Besides having energy-efficient LED lighting (made by San Jose-based Lumileds), they have two other distinct features. There is 4G LTE wireless infrastructure built right into the top of the pole, which is likely what gives it such a funky shape. On the bottom of the pole is a PG&E wireless energy meter, which previously required separate boxes on the street.

As a beta test, 50 of these will be manufactured and installed in Downtown San Jose and North San Jose. 14 have already been installed and the rest will be live by March 2016. These will add much needed capacity to cellular networks in San Jose. The best part is that the pilot program will cost nothing to the city. If everything works out, this technology will be deployed to other cities across the US.

I do wish they did not look like giant tampons, but hopefully that can be fixed in future design iterations.

Source: SVBJ

1 comment:

  1. Actually LA is the first city - they deployed last month. Also, the mobile 4G small cell technology may not be deployed in every lamppost, and will not be magically enabled - it needs the mobile phone operators to decide if they want to use that post as a small cell site, and then need to negotiate with the owner (the city?) on lease agreements aside from connectivity. There are a lot of details behind how this plays out.