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  • Pilot Installation of Smart Poles in Seoul, Combining ICT like Traffic Lights and CCTVs

  • Urban Planning News SMG 1100
    The Seoul Metropolitan Government will be installing smart poles, which combine complexly established facilities along roads, such as traffic lights and streetlamps, with ICT, including the public Wi-Fi, intelligent CCTV, and IoT. A smart pole will not only function as a road facility (with a traffic light, streetlamp, CCTV, and security light), but it also entails cutting-edge ICT, such as Wi-Fi, IoT, intelligent CCTV, and smart crosswalks, working as core infrastructure of a smart city where citizens are provided with safe and pleasant urban environments and services.
    For example, smart poles equipped with CCTV and security lights will be installed along the side of Jungnangcheon Stream, a popular walking trail among residents. Additionally, a charging station for electric bicycles and public Wi-Fi will be combined to offer free services to everyone. Along the side of Cheonggyecheon Stream, smart poles equipped with streetlamps and CCTV will be installed to reinforce the safety and security of the area that boasts a large floating population.
    Currently, separate road facilities are installed on the narrow roads of Seoul, ruining the urban aesthetics and causing inconvenience to pedestrians. The separate installation and operation lead to the other issue of inefficiency in cost and management. Although the SMG pursued the integration of some facilities, these efforts only focused on traffic lights. Therefore, the city expanded the range of the target facilities this time.

    Pilot Installation of Smart Poles in Seoul, Combining ICT like Traffic Lights and CCTVs
    Current conditions of road facilities installed in a narrow space Improved conditions after the installation of a smart pole (example)
    Traffic light   Streetlamp   CCTV Comprehensive signage of smart pole

    The SMG has completed the development of ten basic models of the “smart pole for citizen convenience” for customized applications to a variety of road environments. Starting in October 2020, 15 smart poles will be installed and operated in four areas of Seongdong-gu and Jongno-gu.
    The pilot installation of the four models of smart poles will be conducted on ▴ Cheonggye 1-ga along Cheonggyecheon Stream, ▴ Street of Youth near Hanyang University, ▴ Songjeongjebang-gil along Jungnangcheon Stream, ▴ near Seongdeong-gu Office, and ▴ in the plaza in front of Wangsimni Station.
    Cheonggye 1-ga along Cheonggyecheon Stream: Smart poles that combine streetlamps with CCTV, S-DoT (IoT sensor collecting ten types of information), sensor detecting the floating population, etc. will be installed to check urban phenomena and provide a safety service for citizens.
    Street of Youth near Hanyang University & Songjeongjebang-gil along Jungnangcheon Stream: Smart poles that combine CCTV and security lights with public Wi-Fi, S-DoT, movement-detecting black box, electricity charging station, alarm system, etc. will be installed in alleys and along walking trails to provide a safe route home and pleasant walking experience.
    Near Seongdeong-gu Office: Smart poles that integrate traffic lights, streetlamps, CCTV, bottom-type traffic lights, etc. will be installed.
    Plaza in front of Wangsimni Station: Eco-friendly smart poles will be installed and operated on a trial basis with wind & photovoltaic power generation systems to save energy.
    Through the pilot operation, the SMG will be establishing the “Seoul Smart Pole Standard Models and Guidelines” by December 2020 that contain the standard models of smart poles, criteria for installation, and ways to operate and maintain them. The SMG aims to have smart poles installed throughout the city by distributing the guidelines to affiliated institutions and autonomous districts, improving urban aesthetics and pedestrian convenience.
    Additionally, the SMG will be considering combining pole-type infrastructure that are replaced every year, such as traffic lights, with smart poles, saving the replacement costs and securing the infrastructure for smart city services.
    The SMG is expecting to reduce installation costs of smart infrastructure by replacing old road facilities with smart poles, while also reducing crime rates, creating a smooth flow of pedestrians, and improving urban aesthetics.