In an initiative conducted together with Siklu, a manufacturer of fixed 5G wireless communications millimeter-wave (mmWave) equipment for gigabit wireless access (GWA), smart city and security networks, Schréder, a manufacturer of outdoor lighting systems, will make a wireless smart pole for smart cities. A module from Siklu will be put to use in a Schreder Shuffle smart pole that features equipment for smart city services and gigabit wireless connectivity provided by the Siklu MultiHaul line of radios in a sleek streetlight unit.
Schréder makes the Shuffle smart pole with rotatable and interchangeable modules that seamlessly integrate various LED lighting options, security cameras, Wi-Fi access points, electric vehicle charging sockets, audio speakers and small cells for 4G and 5G mobile networks.
Other ways of adding such features to existing poles in cities or on campuses result is an unsightly Christmas-tree look, with boxes and wires protruding everywhere. In addition, these devices need connectivity – fiber where available, but often, wireless. Adding a wireless connectivity device externally can exacerbate the aesthetics problem.
The module on the Shuffle smart pole solves this problem by integrating cameras, and wireless access points and the mmWave MultiHaul radios into a sleek unit measuring 9 to 21 feet tall, depending on what modules are chosen.
The MultiHaul radio provides just under 2 Gbps of capacity, operating in the license-free 60-GHz band, which is widely supported around the world. With this version, Shuffle smart poles can connect with each other in a daisy chain or in a point-to-multipoint topology. The latter has one smart pole with a base unit that can connect as many as eight additional smart poles. With a flexible fiber or copper interface to a POP (fiber point of presence), this combined solution makes deployment of next-generation smart city services cost-effective and easier to deploy.
Furthermore, cities and campuses looking to add advanced services do not have to replace every streetlight pole currently installed, because the Shuffle smart poles’ Wi-Fi and camera capabilities allow them to be installed periodically into an existing streetlight topology. The smart pole is designed to be environmentally friendly with LED lighting and low overall power consumption. The Shuffle smart pole also eliminates the possible need for trenching and other street work to connect a smart pole to a fiber Internet connection, which also would reduce installation time.
“We are tremendously excited to continue our leadership in next generation street assets with the launch of the new Shuffle wireless backhaul module together with Siklu,” said Cristian Tanase, smart pole program manager at Schréder. “City infrastructure is an ideal vehicle for Wi-Fi hotspots, and built-in cameras offer an unobtrusive security overlay. This new module is a win-win for cities and campuses alike, bringing gigabit wireless connectivity and helping lower the civil works budget needed to otherwise install such a product.”
Ronen Ben-Hamou, CEO of Siklu, said that smart Cities require advanced gigabit connection solutions to tie all the smart applications together. “The new Shuffle smart pole with integrated gigabit wireless from Siklu leads the way in meeting this requirement and delivers on ease of deployment in an aesthetically pleasing form factor.”