Intelligent Street Lamps To Debut Friday

Farmington Hills-based Illuminating Concepts is about to launch its first “Intellistreets” concept installation in Farmington Hills.

Farmington Hills is using federal grant money to become the first site in the world to feature the Intellistreets system, a lighting pole system that combines energy conservation, homeland security features, audio entertainment, traffic control, advertising and more.

Intellistreets amounts to an intelligent wireless network, completely concealed within the street light pole. But it’s far more than a simple street light. Its lighting is variable for energy conservation and theming, reacting to natural light, the environment, and wireless commands. It has sensors to monitor foot and vehicle traffic. And it replaces static vinyl banners typically attached to light poles with LED screens. It can transmit information for emergency alerts, indicate evacuation routes or Amber Alert warnings, or hazardous environment alerts.

The system was invented by Illuminating Concepts founder Ron Harwood, who holds numerous patents in the lighting and multimedia fields.

On Friday, Oct. 28 at 10:30 a.m., U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, Farmington Hills Mayor Jerry Ellis, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and other dignitaries will headline a ceremony to officially send the system live on 10 Mile Road in Farmington Hills.

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