Smart lamp posts that recognise faces, catch speeding PMD users to go on trial

A security camera mounted on a lamp post along Braddell Road on Oct 3, 2016. There are plans to fit lamp posts with sensors and cameras that can collect a wide range of data.
A security camera mounted on a lamp post along Braddell Road on Oct 3, 2016. There are plans to fit lamp posts with sensors and cameras that can collect a wide range of data.PHOTO: ST FILE

Track autonomous vehicles in real time; Collect temperature and rainfall data; Detect, report speeders on PMDs; Recognise faces and match to database

Plans have kicked in to fit lamp posts with sensors and cameras that can collect a wide range of data, which can be used to direct driverless cars, catch speeding e-scooters and even analyse faces, down to race, gender and age.

With the information, government agencies can increase their situational awareness, detect potential problems and respond quickly to incidents, such as unruly crowds, train breakdowns or traffic congestion.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 08, 2018, with the headline 'Smart street lamps with high-tech sensors set for trial'. Print Edition | Subscribe