Iveda has announced the launch of a $1.5 million project for Utilus Smart Pole technology in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, equipping the country’s largest harbor city with critical IoT infrastructure for smart city deployments. 

Utilis will bring Iveda technology such as video surveillance, AI-based video analytics, IvedaSPS, and IvedaPinpoint, together into a centralised platform. This will be integrated into existing infrastructure for true smart city implementations. 

Iveda’s technology will enable local governments to tap into existing power to equip cities with Utilus capabilities. The company’s release has highlighted that 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 meters, 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,” said 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.” 

Utilis features smart power management and wireless mesh communications network with WiFi, 4G and 5G small cell capabilities, plus other wireless protocols as required. In addition to this, the company has said that 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: 

  • At the bottom: Iveda’s Smart Pole Cabinet which includes power meters from investor owned utility (IOU) or current power companies, power distribution panels, fiber distribution box (FDB), small modular reactor (SMR) which will automatically convert AC to DC for sensitive electronics, dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM)/IoT Gateway/PoE Switch support for TSN, Layer 2 and 3 LAN, and backup battery. The bottom of each Utilus pole will provide all-in-one management of power and data. 
  • In the middle: The city will have the ability to scale as required with the flexibility to add AI cameras, environmental sensors, advertising/messaging displays, intelligent/autonomous traffic sensors, etc. 
  • At the top: 5G small cell antennas with IP65 service cabinets. 

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 said the company. Smart Poles will also help cities address environmental concerns. 

Press release: Iveda