Wi-Fi, 5G, IoT… meet the street light of the future

SIGNIFY has unveiled what it hopes will become the street light of future – a column bristling with high technology capabilities including Wi-Fi, 5G connectivity and Internet of Things sensors.

Anatomy of an intelligent street light: The BrightSites luminaire

The BrightSites smart pole ‘turbocharges cities’ smart city infrastructure’ says the company, boasting strong WiFi for local residents and concealed integrated antennas for both 4G and 5G services.

It also accommodates a wide variety of IoT sensors and cameras offering environmental monitoring and enhanced security options such as incident detection.

Oh, and it illuminates the streets too with controllable LED lighting.

Some of the plug-in features BrightSites smart poles offer include:

  • Sensors to provide real-time environmental monitoring, such as air quality, noise and incident detection
  • Cameras which can observe road conditions to help improve traffic flows, guide maintenance decisions and emergency crew deployment. 
  • Smart microphones equipped with advanced pattern recognition which can be triggered by noises associated with anti-social behavior such as shouting, car alarms, breaking glass, or even gunshots. They then automatically brighten the light, record audio and alert emergency services.
  • Display screens which can offer important emergency messaging as well as act as a revenue generator as targeted advertising boards. This changes street lighting from being a municipal cost liability to a potential revenue-earner because of its ability to host these new services.

BrightSites smart poles have already been installed in San Jose, US and Hospitalet, Spain.

Musa Unmehopa, general manager of Signify’s BrightSites venture, told Lux: ‘This delivers on the promise of the smart city of the future – transforming the humble streetlight into a platform for delivering smart city services. A new range of sleek designs allow these poles to match any urban aesthetic.’

The BrightSites series is commercially available globally.


  • See the technology of the BrightSites at the LuxLive 2019 exhibition, taking place at the LuxLive 2019 exhibition at London ExCeL on Wednesday 13 November and Thursday 14 November 2019. Entry is free - see the full programme and register for free HERE