If you’re an LTE geek like me you probably read about the new smart streetlights the City of Los Angeles is testing, with help from Ericsson and Phillips, to bathe the city with more than energy-efficient light.
Effectively, these new streetlights are integrated cell towers that also happen to provide lighting. As Media Post’s “IoT Daily” pointed out, “The poles basically provide better connectivity than huge cell towers and also have LED light bulbs for energy efficiency.”
With plans to install 120,000 streetlights once the test is complete (in L.A. alone), this no scratch-and-sniff experiment: it’s an audacious exploration of the future of cities – at scale.
This is about more than access. It’s about a new mesh of connected, smart devices that Wired describes as “Fitbits for cities.”
LTE is more than coming. It’s here, more pervasive and available than many would have guessed even a few months back. Only last week T-Mobile announced personal micro-towers (smaller than an old-school lunchbox) that wrap about 3K square feet in full-bar LTE signal.
2016 will be the year of pervasive bandwidth for data and video everywhere. LTE pervasiveness even challenges the catchphrase “The First Mile” and takes us one step closer to the ubiquitous connectedness that both consumer and professional users will require as IoT, real-time video, context and more shape their “always on” world.
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