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LED 5G smart street lights - what the industry is saying

Since 2018, that the topic of 5G related technology manufacturing hit mainstream. People from industry and government started to discuss how the demand of 5G would affect the economics of industrial supply chains - but the general population have been kept in the dark.


For example, the international standards organization 3GPP unveiled the first 5G standard in June 2018, designed to support high-speed, reliable and low-latency wireless communication technologies.

2019 was also known as “the first year of 5G”. The Internet of things (IoT) devices entered 5G generation applications in the face of new technologies.

According to Electronics 360, as more streetlights and commercial infrastructure become smart LED lighting, emerging technologies are integrating other smart city and lighting applications.

The new intelligent lighting has been equipped with the Internet of things connection function, and each LED lighting device has its own IP location.


According to IHS Markit, a market research firm, smart lighting in business applications continues to grow, and with an estimated $21 billion in business opportunities by 2022, up from $7.2 billion in 2018 and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21%.

In the future, with the emergence of 5G technology, it can reach the Gigabit transmission rate per second, and greatly reduce the delay phenomenon. The market is also gradually expanding for ultra-reliable low-latency communication (URLLC) service, which can promote the transportation transformation, including self-driving technology, road safety and public transportation service system.


However, due to the penetration of 5G signals, it is easy to block the transmission range and generate dead space. Therefore, more base stations are needed in cities to increase the coverage rate of 5G networks. In view of this, many network operators are looking for smart street lamps as a solution to layout the city 5G base.


Smart street lighting is a key project in the development of smart cities. This technology can not only reduce management costs, but also provide Shared power or self-driving applications.


Wang Shen, senior analyst at IHS Markit, said that China has been developing smart street lights.


The advantages of 5G base stations carrying street lights include Shared power supply, which according to industry assists in reducing wiring costs, while base stations will have a higher installation density, ensuring that they can cover all corners of the city.

Currently, smart street lamps in most areas have tiny 4G LTE base stations capable of handling huge information traffic demands, and the same model will be applicable to 5G networks in the future.

In the future, 5G base station can be used as an auxiliary application of intelligent traffic, which can immediately convey traffic warning to drivers and provide emergency evacuation instructions through flashing lights. Smart street lights can also realize hot spot support or cloud-based autopilot functions.


In addition, the industry SPIN is that it will influence energy conservation and raise better environmental protection awareness aligned to climate change. They are saying (the industry and governments) that 5G smart lighting devices can adjust brightness at any time to save energy and save lives?

In spite of the fact that current infrastructure and network construction was not completed during the course of 2019, 5G smart street lamps will be put into operation in the near future starting early in 2020 accross the world.


In addition to 5G smart street lamps, another trend of LED lighting in 2019 is to integrate smart home devices into entertainment, security monitoring and voice control products. In addition, smart lighting systems that connect IoT Platforms, collect user information and process networked lighting devices, are expected to drive the technology industry chain.


But what no-one in the industry or government circles are talking about are the multiple risks to human health that this technology brings with it, amongst many other risks to people and planet. The talk is all about economics (money) and security - for example: 100% surveillance of population disguised as prevention of cyber crime.


Shouldn’t the powers that be be talking to the masses and disclosing the real risks that the integration of the 5G technology which will negativly affect the general population and surrounding ecosystems. Shouldn't this be a priority instead?



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