Smart light pole VS digital tower! Who is the best entrance to a smart city?

Publisher: Supplier of LED Display Time: 2022-09-06 16:25 Views: 678

Smart City, Internet of Everything! In this era of being overwhelmed by big data, who is the best access point for smart cities? When you are in the lighting industry, you may think of smart light poles for the first time, while in the communication industry, you may think of digital towers...

What is a smart light pole?

Smart light poles, also known as multi-function poles, based on smart lighting, can also integrate new smart devices such as video surveillance, communication base stations, weather monitoring, environmental monitoring, LED information screens, public broadcasting, public WIFI, and charging piles.

The cognition of smart light poles is prone to two misunderstandings.

Among them, the first misunderstanding is that a multi-purpose pole is a smart light pole. A multi-purpose pole is the main feature of a smart light pole, but it is not simply to add a communication base station, video surveillance and other applications to an ordinary light pole to become a smart light pole. For a real smart light pole, all its applications will be controlled through the edge gateway and managed uniformly through the platform. Therefore, the smart light pole has been given the mission of wisdom when it leaves the factory. Depending on the design of the smart light pole, the devices that can be mounted are also quite different.

The second misunderstanding is that smart street lights are equivalent to smart light poles. Generally speaking, smart street lamps refer to street lamps that realize remote centralized control and management of street lamps by applying advanced, efficient and reliable power line carrier communication technology and wireless communication technology. Control, fault active alarm, lamp cable anti-theft, remote meter reading and other functions. Smart light poles usually also include these functions of smart street lights. What ordinary smart street lights lack compared to smart light poles is the important feature of multi-functional applications.

What is a digital tower?

Digital towers mainly refer to towers that can integrate multiple functions. On the basis of the original mounted communication equipment, the tower can also integrate intelligent management equipment such as environmental monitoring, earthquake monitoring, water conservancy monitoring, mountain torrent monitoring, and agricultural monitoring, which can be used in public security, agriculture, meteorology, environment, water conservancy, transportation, emergency, parks and other industries.

Feature comparison

Digital iron tower: In addition to mounting communication equipment, it can also be used in more than 30 businesses such as environmental monitoring, earthquake monitoring, mountain torrent monitoring, illegal construction monitoring, forest fire prevention, water quality monitoring, security monitoring, private network construction, and public broadcasting.

Smart light pole: In addition to mounting street lights, it can also be used in environmental monitoring, water quality monitoring, LED advertising, communication base stations, charging piles, one-key alarms, public broadcasting, public WIFI, traffic indications, traffic lights, traffic snapshots, etc.


Whether it is a digital iron tower or a smart light pole, there are many industry application scenarios. The two applications have a large intersection. But it is worth mentioning that the load-bearing capacity of smart light poles is much lower than that of digital iron towers. Therefore, in business applications, smart light poles will be greatly restricted.

Construction scale comparison

Smart light poles developed from ordinary street light poles. It took only a few short years to develop from the first smart light pole to the current more than 100,000 smart light poles. In the next few years, smart light poles are expected to grow at a rate of nearly doubling. Compared with the current scale of more than 30 million sets of ordinary street lights, the future market space of smart light poles is huge.

After 35 years of communication towers, there are already more than 2.1 million domestic communication towers, and all communication towers will be built into digital towers according to demand.

It can be said that the development of the two has its own strengths and weaknesses, one is already quite large, and the other is full of stamina.

Application Scenario Comparison

Smart light poles are mainly suitable for both sides of roads, including expressways, ordinary roads, park roads, etc., and the site distribution is relatively dense.

And digital towers are generally built on the roofs, mountains, etc., and the choice of site is more high.

Of course, there are also towers built on both sides of the road, but the shape of these towers will be beautified. Some beautified towers are a bit like smart light poles in shape.

Whether it is a digital iron tower or a smart light pole, it plays an important role in data access in smart cities. There is a great complementarity between the two. Taking communication business applications as an example, the base station mounted on the digital tower is used for wide coverage, while the base station mounted on the smart street lamp is used for low-position blind spots.

If the digital iron tower and the smart light pole are collectively referred to as the smart tower, then the smart tower is undoubtedly the best access point for the smart city.

Source: Tower Online