The Column of Things (CoT)

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The Column of Things is a multi-functional unit which has the capability to fit and upgrade in use many of the new possibilities that will occur with the Internet of Things (IOT)
 
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COLUMN
A unit which can adapt and grow as new technologies appear.  The column is typically 8ms tall to allow positioning of microcells and WiFi to achieve good range while fitting the urban streetscape.
 
LUMINAIRE
An advanced LED unit with a wide choice of light distributions for many applications (streets, paths, squares, pedestrian crossings) to meet all lighting requirements.
 
WiFi and MICROCELL
Communication is the foundation of the CoT.  Two types of wireless communication can be fitted: WiFi.and Microcells.  These can be hard wired to the fibre optic telephone grid or connected by line of sight to a central antenna.
 
CONTROL SYSTEMS (CMS)
Combining lighting and control system saves up to 85% energy, whether communicating via a local network or a complete remote management, with or without detection (PIR).
 
SENSORS
Motion
With motion sensors, the CoT can increase its lighting level on the arrival of a user.  The integrated spotlights can illuminate cars or people while loudspeakers broadcast an infomational message.
 
Noise
Noise pollution can be measured and any exceptional readings can be sent to the authorities for action.
Pollution
Pollution levels can be monitored and if recommended levels are breached the correct people can be notified so that action such as restriction of access can be implanted.

Temperature/Climate
If air temperatures are below a certain level then the gritters can be alerted to the most affected location
 
No doubt many more such sensors will be developed in the near future and part of the functionality of the CoT is to be upgradeable to fit these unknown units.
 
INDICATOR STRIP
A colour changing strip can in some instances enhance identity and create a mood.  In sequential mode, the light strip can become signage.  It could guide people to an attraction or maybe indicate by how much an electric vehicle is charged.
 
CCTV CAMERA 
Professional monitoring (night vision, automatic adjustment of contrast, event detection) may reduce crime and maintain security.

SPEAKER
An integrated sound system can be used to broadcast information, announcements or music to energise the street.
 
EV CHARGING
As electric vehicles become more common an AC charging station provides an integrated response to their charging needs in order to encourage more environmentally friendly vehicles to be used in city centres.
 
Light, communication, information, security, health and mobility can be integrated in the CoT.