The street lighting in Los Angeles is about to get smarter. LA is to become the first city in the world to deploy Philips’ SmartPole street lights, which are equipped with fully-integrated 4G LTE wireless telecommunications technology. A total of 100 SmartPoles will be rolled out.
Cellular data traffic is growing at a heck of a rate. Indeed, Philips expects it to increase 900 percent by 2020 – and so the infrastructure to handle it must grow too. With street lights being ubiquitous in towns and cities, they provide a good basis for that infrastructure.
Philips developed the the SmartPoles in partnership with Ericsson, which provides thesmall cell technology for the 4G LTE output. In LA, they will be connected to a core network via a fiber link. The poles will work with any mobile operator. Operators can rent space in the poles for installing radio and antenna gear to either “densify” their network or increase the data capacity of their networks in certain areas.