Taking a step forward towards making entire Indore fully wi-fi enabled as part of smart city project, mayor Malini Gaud on Thursday inaugurated a LED light-mounted ‘smart pole’ at Zanjeerwala Square, saying around 600 to 700 such poles will be installed across Indore.
“It is one of the first steps towards turning Indore into a smart city,” the city mayor said. The project is being executed through the public private partnership model as per which several companies will install poles in city’s different parts.
The smart pole is fitted with a CCTV camera, pollution monitoring sensors, digital display board, wi-fi router and an electrical vehicle charging point. The Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) is planning to do away with sodium and mercury vapor lamps which consume more electricity by replacing them with energy-saving LED lamps.
As per the scheme of things, cameras mounted on smart poles will transmit information to the central control and command centre on real-time basis, which will be further used to control traffic in the city.
Smart poles will be automatically operated and LED lights will be programmed with day and night timings so that street lights can automatically go on and off without any involvement of manual process.
Through CCTV cameras, the command centre can monitor traffic and waste littered in any particular area and issue required instructions. The process of assessment for setting up a central control and command centre is on.
In addition, residents will be able to use wi-fi services provided by the company for free up to a certain limit. After one reaches the limit, one can pay the company and continue usage.
These poles can be fitted with billboards for making them a revenue generating model, said an IMC official.
Sources revealed that including underground cabling and with all hi-tech gadgets, the installation of each smart pole would cost around Rs 20 lakh.
The responsibility of installing, operating and maintaining the smart poles lies with the companies which will also share a portion of revenue thus generated through poles with the Indore Smart City Development Limited.