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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Comments (61)
  1. Wereturtle says:

    Orwell was a visionary. He saw what was coming. Unfortunately, “We the People” are too stupid to realize it is happening now.

    How soon before our houses are wired, in the name of “energy conservation”, “homeland security”, and “our own well being”.

    I so look forward to my telescreen constantly displaying, “We are watching you.”

  2. Bill says:

    Are these primarily going to be used to spy on the population? Truthfully, is that what their main purpose is going to be???????

    1. Wereturtle says:

      Well, the answer should be obvious – to spy on the populace in the name of security, and environmental awareness.

  3. Larry Silverstein says:

    Why did World Trade Center 7 (Solomon Brothers Building) fall into it’s own footprint on 9/11/2001 when it wasn’t hit by an airplane, and no other steel-frame buildings in history have exhibited that behavior? Even if there were fires (set by someone), why would the building look like it was simply imploded as in a controlled demolition? Is it too much to ask for media to look into these strange things? I mean the truth would make for a good story, so come on – go investigate and report. Thanks

    1. Wereturtle says:

      Buildings are designed to collapse inward.

      1. wiretap says:

        They’re designed to withstand fire and earthquakes, not collapse on themselves in a low temperature diesel fire.

  4. Pilot.Dave says:

    London has more CCTV cameras per whatever than anywhere else, and their crime rates did not drop. Many citizens nailed. Criminals during their recent riots had hoods / hats to hide their face…

  5. D. Doty says:

    Why aren’t the good citizens of Farmington Hills up in arms regarding “Big Brothers” invasion of their privacy? And, they are using our tax payer dollars to boot. Talk about adding insult to injury.

    1. kenny k says:

      As a ‘good citizen’ of Farmington Hills, I am up in arms. First I’ve heard about it and it’s in a place where foot traffic is negligible. Just another reason to spy on the ‘good citizens’.

  6. dv says:

    This is really frightening stuff. Reminds me of all those frightening books I read back in high school thinking they were impossible. I remember growing up fearing communism but feeling safe since I was in the US. This is worse than any fear I had as a child. We are living it. A govt that appears to have limitless funds to watch us in the disguise of keeping us safe. How long before we have transmitters on or in us so make the watching easier. TSA in TN and who knows where else.

  7. Joe says:

    Let’s hope the US breaks aprat and everything collapses before we are completely enslaved in this Orwellian nightmare.

  8. Sue says:

    welcome to SATAN’S control grid. Unlike God he is not omnipresent, or omniscient. So he has to set up these systems to know what we are doing. God gives us freedom Satan gives us nightmares.

  9. Christian says:

    I don’t know what its going to take for the stupid sheeple to wake up. If they would read 5 selected books, we can defeat all of this. But until they pry their hands off their Ipods, turn off the television, stop drinking fluoride water and taking aniti-depressant fluoride tabs, they won’t do anything but wait for Jersey Shore to start.

    The country is pre-Revolutionary right now, a small segment that is.

  10. walt235 says:

    Do you honestly think those street gangs and other thugs committing crimes on the streets are going to NOT destroy those things?!?

  11. Josh says:

    I am sick of the EMF radiation running rampant in our society. Our technologies are outdated and polluting, toxic waste creating, and hosts of a plethora of harmful radiation and frequencies which are not healthy. Its time we stop this nonsense and adopt clean harmonious technology & bring down these monopolies of corporate run consumerism!

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