SINGAPORE: An ambitious project is underway to equip lampposts in Singapore with various capabilities to improve urban planning – serving to be more than just a light source. A trial by the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office (SNDGO) and the Government Technology Agency (GovTech) will start next year in Geylang and One-North.This is part of Singapore’s Smart Nation Sensor Platform project, which could see all of Singapore’s 110,000 lampposts fitted with a network of wireless sensors, to transform them into “smart lampposts”. POSSIBLE USES OF SMART LAMPPOSTSCurrently, prototypes are being tested to determine the kind of technological capabilities that can be incorporated.For example, environmental sensors could potentially be added to monitor rainfall, humidity and temperature, and noise sensors to detect unusually loud sounds, such as a person screaming or a car crash.With video sensors, it would be possible to incorporate facial recognition systems.Navigational beacons could also be mounted to direct autonomous vehicles while speed-trap sensors could be used to track speeding bicycles or personal mobility devices.Citing this as an example, SNDGO’s Deputy Secretary Tan Kok Yam described how these smart lampposts can be put to good use.“We want to look at places where people most frequently use active mobility devices,” he said. “If we… Read full this story
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