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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY | Staff Reporter, Singapore

ST Engineering Electronics bags contract for Hong Kong's multi-purpose lamp posts trial

It will roll out in Kowloon East which is the Smart City Pilot Area.

ST Engineering Electronics will extend its Smart Street Lighting solution for Hong Kong as it has won a contract to conduct a proof of concept (POC) trial to deploy multi-multi-purpose lamp posts (MPLP), an announcement revealed.

According to the deal, the team will install customised multi-purpose lamp posts in Kowloon East which is Hong Kong’s Smart City Pilot Area. The MPLP will be interconnected with a telecommunication network to form an Internet of Things (IoT) backbone.

The technology will allow real-time collection of city data including weather, air quality, temperature, people and/or vehicle flow related information through IoT sensors fixed on the lamp posts. Data collected will be utilised for the city management and the support of various applications of smart city initiatives.

Moreover, it will also provide services such as Wi-Fi hotspots, electric vehicle charging facility, information dashboard for maps and directions, real-time traffic updates, and car parking space vacancy information to residents.

According to the firm, the use of renewable energy to power these multi-purpose lamp posts will also be done at one of the trial sites.

“This POC trial is Hong Kong’s first step towards enabling smart city applications by leveraging street lighting infrastructure to support the deployment of a robust and resilient wireless sensor network,” the firm said in an announcement.

The trial which started in June will continue until December 2019.

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