Smart Lampposts to Tackle the COVID-19 Pandemic?
Almost a year and a half into the COVID-19 pandemic, progress on the global scale still looks rather mixed. On one hand, the falling number of cases have led to some countries opening their economies and lessening restrictions. On the other hand, slow vaccine rollouts in Europe, Africa, and parts of Southeast Asia have caused second, third, and, in some cases, fourth waves. Governments are looking to technology to help with stop the spread of the virus to prevent another lockdown and further economic suffering.
The Smart Cities Marketplace Humble Lamppost Initiative recently released a report called “Shining a Global Light”, which demonstrated how smart lampposts can be used to tackle the coronavirus pandemic by drawing on case examples from Barcelona, Copenhagen, Los Angeles, London, Munich, and Singapore. These latest generation smart lampposts can be equipped with sensors that can receive and transmit information on crowd density and body temperature of pedestrians in the area, in addition to other functions such as surveillance, monitoring air quality…
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