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Iveda announces $1.5mn smart city infrastructure project in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

January 17, 2023

Posted by: Janmesh Chintankar

Iveda, a global solution for cloud-based AI video and sensor technologies, has announced the launch of a [$1.5 million (€1.39 million)] project for Utilus Smart Pole technology in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, equipping the country’s harbor city with critical IoT infrastructure for smart city deployments.

Utilus brings Iveda technology, including video surveillance, AI-based video analytics, IvedaSPS (smart power system), and IvedaPinpoint (location-based trackers and smart sensors) – together in a centralised platform, which is integrated into existing infrastructure for true smart city implementations. Utilus’ smart, multi-purpose poles will help Kaohsiung solve a myriad of urban challenges, from improving parking and traffic management and charging electric vehicles, to detecting and notifying officials about street flooding, all through real-time data and alerts.

Today’s modern cities all have light poles through which power flows, Iveda’s technology enables local governments to tap into the existing power to equip cities with Utilus capabilities. With Iveda Pole Gateway and IvedaSPS, the system acts as a microgrid, providing power to mission critical infrastructure as needed. Once light poles are equipped with Utilus, they are able to communicate with one another, establishing a network that provides distributed video surveillance with AI video search technology and remote management of local devices such as trackers, water and electrical metres, valves, circuit breakers, and sensors.

“As we dive into 2023, we’re seeing more municipalities lean into rapid development of AI, Internet of Things (IoT), and smart city technologies. Automation is the way of the future and Iveda’s Utilus smart poles add to the foundation of physical infrastructure necessary to deploy critical smart city functions,” says David Ly, CEO and founder of Iveda. “Integrating smart street poles with multiple functional benefits will open doors for safer and sustainable modern development and construction of our cities and communities. As the supplier of Utilus, Iveda is enabling Kaohsiung to be at the forefront of true smart city innovation, they will be a showcase both nationally and globally.”

Utilus consists of a smart power management and wireless mesh communications network with WiFi, 4G, and 5G small cell capabilities, plus other wireless protocols as required. Additionally, Utilus includes an energy storage battery system for continuous operation and backup in the case of multiple power outages. Kaohsiung’s Utilus smart pole deployment will include:

As cities continue to grapple with the increasing need for cellular network densification in the form of 5G and future 6G small cells, smart poles are an imminent and crucial part of smart city evolution. Utilus use cases span from the reduction of emergency response time and the improvement of city services, to air quality monitoring and crime and hazard protection for residents. Smart Poles will also help cities like Kaohsiung address growing environmental concerns while providing key monetisation opportunities for local municipalities.

Iveda is eager to assist governments around the globe in setting and adopting standards for smart pole implementations through direct practical knowledge and first to market experience. Iveda anticipates replicating these early successes throughout other major cities around the world, empowering them on their journeys to become smarter cities.

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