The street light of the future would provide Wi-Fi, Cell Coverage and more, says Time.
According to the National Post, Vancouver BC’s downtown is filled with more than 100 cellphone towers from five competing carriers.
The V-Pole stands for “Vancouver pole,” as it’s currently being considered by Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson.
The core of the V-Pole is Alcatel-Lucent lightRadio, which compresses all the wires and circuit boards of a cellphone tower into a single Rubik’s cube-sized block. “You can stack them inside a pole like Lego,” said novelist Douglas Coupland, the technology’s creator.
As wireless traffic climbs — and infrastructure expands in response — Mr. Coupland predicts that poorly-managed cities could become “as cluttered as a kitchen junk drawer.” “I like to get rid of as much crap as possible from the visual environment,” he said.
The V-Pole project is entirely open source, says the National Post, which means Mr. Coupland receives no royalties or consulting fees for the design. V-Poles, still in the conceptual stage, are all-white save for a band of multicoloured rings clustered near the top.