SINGAPORE (Aug 29): ST Engineering’s electronics unit has won a contract to conduct a proof of concept trial to deploy multi-purpose lamp posts (MPLP) in Hong Kong.

The team from the electronics unit will install customised multi-purpose lamp posts in Kowloon East, Hong Kong’s smart city pilot area.

The MPLP will be interconnected with a telecommunication network to form an Internet of Things (IoT) backbone.

Leveraging IoT sensors fixed on the lamp posts, the MPLP will enable real-time collection of city data such as weather, air quality, temperature, people and/or vehicle flow related information for city management and the support of various applications of smart city initiatives.

It will also provide services such as wi-fi hotspots, electric vehicle charging facility, information dashboard for maps and directions, real-time traffic updates, and car parking space vacancy information to residents. The use of renewable energy to power these multi-purpose lamp posts will also be adopted at one of the trial sites.

The trial, which started in June and will last till December 2019, is to result in enhanced efficiency of city services and operations.

Ravinder Singh, President of Electronics, ST Engineering, “This programme goes beyond installing lamp posts for smart lighting services. It leverages technology to transform lamp posts into smart infrastructure that will enable smart services to be delivered to the residents in Hong Kong. Having successfully deployed 15 million sensors globally for street lighting, water and energy management, we are excited by this opportunity to extend our technology and expertise to Hong Kong in its smart city journey.”

Year to date, shares in ST Engineering are trading 1.5% higher at $3.32.