An Australian company is expanding across the globe with an innovative replacement for the unassuming street lamp, embedded with IoT-technologies -- charging stations, speakers and cameras.
Ene-Hub's "Smart Node" is a modular and scalable product system described as a beginning-to-end product system for smart cities.
"In cities all around the world [electronic] functions are coming into streets in a very uncontrolled way. Equipment is being strapped on to street lights and on to buildings in a very ad hoc, very ill-considered manner. This product allows the city to take control of the smart city agenda.” Ene-Hub's director Robert Matchett said.
[The Smart Node] is the first ground up pole that deals with all smart city functions in an integrated way.”
The Smart Node also features a power outlets and a two-way communication function that acts as a help button.
Due to its design and appearance, the Smart Node also has the capability of performing traditional pole functions like signage, traffic and lighting.
Ene-Hub's Smart Node is already established in Sydney's Royal Botanic Garden and airport, however the Smart Node has also made its way to Canada and most recently, LA where it is being piloted at a site on Wilshire Boulevard.
Ene-Hub said that local and state governments have embraced their product because it reduces street clutter, invisibly accommodates smart city function can accommodate all current smart city technologies and allows for new public domain technologies that may be required in the future.
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