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New Streetlamp can Provide Mobile Phone Services, WiFi, Charge EV's, and more

Modern society is based upon technology. The internet and telecommunication systems are vital for the smooth running of most economies. The problem is that mobile phone towers and other forms of wireless technology signal transmitters are unsightly and bulky.

A Canadian novelist has designed a new utility tower which could provide all the necessary wireless communication services, as well as other modern services, in a sleek, lamp post.

V-Pole Illustration
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson with an illustration of a V-Pole. Martin Tessler & Mathew Bulford/V-Pole.com

The ‘V-pole’ (V for Vancouver) uses the latest technology to condense the circuit boards and power capacity of objects such as mobile phone towers into small cubes. The cubes can then be stacked one on top of the other inside a tower, serving multiple frequencies, providers, and standards, (2G, 3G, or LTE). As well as mobile phone services, the V-Pole will also be able to provide WiFi, wireless charging of EV’s via an inductive coil, energy efficient LED street lighting, and much more.

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What the V-Pole can do.  Mathew Bulford/V-Pole.com

Coupland said that he tried to design the pole to look modern and tidy, so that it would not be hard on the eyes, as he hopes that these poles will be located throughout the city of Vancouver. Before some people worried that wireless technology would fry our brains, or steal our thoughts, but now “data transmission is no longer something scary you don’t want in your backyard. Now you want it directly in front of your house.”

No price tag has currently been confirmed, but it is expected to cost thousands of dollars for each V-Pole, not the tens of thousands that some critics were predicting; and that’s far cheaper than other options available for creating EV charging stations and LED streetlamps.

By. James Burgess of Oilprice.com


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