Solar-powered Wi-Fi Lampposts

wifi_lamppost.jpgInternet users at the University of Abertay in Dundee, Scotland, will soon be able to read TreeHugger as they saunter down the street. Six of the solar-powered lampposts fitted with high-speed wireless internet gateways will be erected on a rooftop at the University, with plans for 4,000 more under the current project. The lampposts will still serve their original function, using TH fav light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to provide lots of light with just a little power, derived from the solar cells that will also power the wi-fi network. The firm in charge of installing and maintaining the lampposts, Compliance Technology (CTL), is excited about the future possibilities of the innovative lampposts. Says CTL's Calum McRae: "With only a fraction of the installation and running costs of conventional street lights, councils could use smart lampposts to provide street light while selling internet access to local residents, or even providing it free in areas of need...no local community needs to be without reliable street lighting, with the added benefit of wi-fi technology." ::BBC via ::Mobile Mag

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