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City Debuts Smart.Node™ Street Light Infrastructure at Two Locations on Santa Monica Boulevard

Post Date:October 29, 2019 5:46 PM

Smart Node ChargingWith the goal of exploring the future use of street light infrastructure from both a policy and design perspective, the City of West Hollywood has installed two Smart.Node™ street light structures on Santa Monica Boulevard. The Smart Nodes have been provided by the City’s partner, ENE.HUB, a fully integrated smart city infrastructure provider committed to working with local governments to solve critical infrastructure challenges.

“Cities are never finished and the City of West Hollywood Smart Node Project explores the future use of street light infrastructure ensuring it is efficient, adaptable to future technologies, and an attractive alternative to pole-mounted sensor attachments,” said West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “The Smart Nodes bring a number of benefits to the community, including furthering our sustainability goals with on-street electric vehicle charging and access to real-time environmental data previously unavailable to the City. West Hollywood is committed to being a leader in Smart City innovations.”

Street lights are increasingly becoming a place to test new technological innovations, however as technology proliferates, there will be a point when there is not enough physical space or structural support for more pole attachments. The City of West Hollywood places strong value on how public space is experienced and believes it is important to consider how new technology, like small cell wireless facilities, can be deployed in a way that is sensitive to the City’s urban design. The modular, integrated design of the Smart Nodes allow for site-specific installation of multiple technology components.

This project is part of the City’s WeHo Smart City Initiative, which works to holistically weave technology into the fabric of the city to improve the quality of life, health, safety, and economic prosperity of residents. The WeHo Smart City Strategic Plan addresses local and regional urban challenges with a focus on five core subject areas: Sustainability, Mobility, Accessibility, Resiliency, and Transparency (SMART).

The City of West Hollywood’s Smart Nodes project integrates infrastructure and technology to reimagine the digital urban experience. The Smart Nodes provide West Hollywood residents and visitors with smart, innovative and interactive technologies, such as:

  • WiFi to expand free public WiFi coverage; 
  • Emergency Help Buttons for those in need of assistance will auto-dial 911 for two-way communication with 911 call centers;
  • Environmental sensors capable of measuring temperature, atmospheric pressure, humidity, ambient noise levels, light level, dust levels, as well as wind speed and direction, and rain fall measurements; 
  • Street and pedestrian LED lights to enhance area lighting; 
  • Camera sensors measure vehicle and pedestrian counts to help the City analyze traffic and pedestrian flows;
  • A multi-colored beacon can be programmed to specific colors for special events; 
  • Sound system to play public address announcements or music for events; 
  • USB and wireless smart phone charging (Smart Node at City Hall); 
  • On-Street Electric Vehicle Charging unit allows two vehicles to charge while parked in EV designated parking spaces. (Smart Node at the Veterans’ Memorial); and,
  • Co-location space for wireless carrier small cells that will enhance both 4G and 5G service for the community.

The Smart Nodes project follows the City’s Smart Bus Shelter and Smart Bus Stop prototypes installed in early 2019. Both of those prototypes also feature interactive innovations, such as:

  • Visual real-time bus arrival information on a digital text screen;
  • Audio real-time bus arrival information operated by push button aimed at assisting people with vision impairment;
  • Bus stop street name with six-inch letter height;
  • USB charging ports;
  • Wi-Fi; and,
  • Energy-efficient LED edge lighting.

With rapid advances in technology bus shelters/stops and street lights are increasingly recognized in cities large and small as essential ingredients for successful mobility and place-making — a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design, and management of public spaces, which builds upon a community’s assets, inspiration, and potential to create public spaces that promote people’s well-being. Smart bus shelters/stops offer enhanced features for pedestrians and transit users, alike.

For additional information about the City of West Hollywood’s Smart City Initiative, please visit www.weho.org/smartcity or www.wehosmartcity.org.

For more information, please contact Kate Kigongo, the City of West Hollywood’s Innovation Analyst, at (323) 848-6464 or kkigongo@weho.org.  For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496. For up-to-date news and events, follow the City of West Hollywood on social media @WeHoCity and sign up for news updates at www.weho.org/email.

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