Smart poles to take root in Indore

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Aug 11, 2016 12:06 IST
These smart poles will be automatically operated and the LED lights will be programmed with day and night timings. (HT file)

With intelligent traffic and waste management systems, Indore is all set to take ‘pole position’ in the Smart City race by implementing pan-city solution by the end of the year.

“About 1,000 smart poles mounted with LED lights, CCTV cameras, pollution monitoring sensors, Wi-Fi routers will be installed across the city. These poles will turn entire city into a Wi-Fi zone, and simultaneously send information to central control and command centre on real-time basis,” said municipal commissioner Manish Singh.

These smart poles will be automatically operated and the LED lights will be programmed with day and night timings so that street lights can automatically go on and off without involvement of manual process. Through CCTV cameras mounted on the poles, the command centre can monitor traffic and waste littered in any particular area and issue required instructions.

In this regard, the Indore Smart City Development Limited (ISCDL) has floated plan for setting up smart poles in the city and is waiting to float tenders after working on economics of the project. The tenders will be floated in a month and the work is likely to start in a month’s time.

“Before extrapolating the plan in the entire city, we want to try this on pilot basis by selecting two roads,” said ISCDL chief executive officer Rohan Saxena. The road between Mhow Naka and Tori Corner, and Jinsi road have been selected for the purpose. The smart poles will require underground optical fiber cables and electric supply lines, so that there will be no wired mess due to this, Saxena told HT.

In addition, the ISCDL is looking for telecom operators, who will install the smart poles equipped with Wi-Fi systems and operate and maintain them on regular basis.After this, 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.

The ISCDL is looking for a profit sharing partner. The poles can be fitted with bill boards for making it a revenue generating model.

Sources revealed that including underground cabling and with all hi-tech gadgets, installation of each smart pole would cost around 20 – 25 lakh. In the 1.7 kilometer stretch between Mhow Naka and Tori Corner, about 10 smart poles will be installed, and the same number would be installed on Jinsi road.

“It is one of its kind projects. Once we know the operational constraints of the project, we can improve upon it and extend the scheme in entire city,” said Saxena.

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