The smart lamppost network

The smart lamppost network designed in Otaniemi will offer various possibilities for smoother everyday life in the future.

A study commissioned by the City of Espoo, in collaboration with Sitowise Ltd, has proposed a plan and cost estimate for the construction of a smart lamppost network in Otaniemi. The study, conducted as part of the KETO project, involved the City of Espoo, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Aalto University, and Nokia Ltd. A smart lamppost integrates various sensors, base stations, lights, and devices, providing both intelligence and illumination. The existing street lighting infrastructure can be upgraded to accommodate a smart lamppost network, offering cost-effectiveness and leveraging the advantages of existing installations.

The planned network in Otaniemi would serve as a testing platform for future technologies like 6G and various smart infrastructure systems. The collected data from the smart lampposts would be utilized for research and commercial purposes. A data marketplace is being designed to enable companies to buy, distribute, and exchange data or data models. The neutral host model would facilitate the implementation of the smart lamppost network, allowing different operators to provide services through the same infrastructure, promoting competition and innovation. Otaniemi, with its dense urban structure, diverse transportation solutions, and research and business activities, is an ideal environment for the smart lamppost network.

The project's next phase involves addressing challenges such as data privacy and finding a suitable operator and partners for collaboration. However, the benefits of smart lampposts and the data marketplace are already attracting interest from companies. The project aims to enhance urban technology, making movement smoother, connections faster, and daily life seamless for residents in Otaniemi.

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