Smart poles are fast emerging as core components of smart city infrastructure world over. By hosting mobile broadband small cells, public Wi-Fi access points, smart lighting systems and multipurpose sensor arrays for monitoring air quality and traffic congestion, these smart poles help build smarter cities.

Global cities such as Barcelona, Los Angeles and Copenhagen have emerged as pioneers in smart pole deployments. Indian cities, too, have been catching up fast. The government’s Smart Cities Mission has been a key driver for smart pole deployments in the country. Smart cities such as Bhopal, Vadodara, New Delhi and Dehra­dun have started collaborating with towercos to undertake projects focused on the installation of smart poles. The smart pole market in India is bound to become bigger in the coming years. This would open up several opportunities for digital infrastructure providers as well as towercos.

The following are some of the developments in the smart pole space in select smart cities (the list is, however, not exhaustive)…