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Beijing launches smart streetlights offering charging service, free WIFI
   2016-12-14 20:25:06    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Zhang Peng

The photo shows the  "smart" street lights installed on Youanmen West Street in Beijing. [Photo: weibo.com]

Twenty "smart" street lights have been installed on Youanmen West Street in Beijing, with 18 of them offering charging service for electric vehicles and the other two enabled with multiple services including free Wi-Fi and video surveillance.

A Beijing News report said that the highlight of the smart street lights is the vehicle-charging function, amid the city's campaign on promoting the widespread use of electric vehicles. E-vehicle owners are able to book an appointment and locate the position of the charging post through a smartphone app. The charging service is currently in testing.

The street lights themselves are also different from ordinary ones. Using 160 watt LED lights, they give a gentle, warm, white glow intended to make passersby feel more comfortable.

The surveillance cameras on the street lights are able to monitor anything that is installed with a speed sensor. The camera can sound an alert if anything installed with one of those sensors is moved.

An LCD screen has been installed on one of the street lights to display real time information such as temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, noise data, air pressure, and pollution levels. It also includes charging service information such as the number of the available charging posts.

The free WIFI feature is a favorite function among users of the new smart services. As long as a person remains close to the enabled street lamp, they can surf the web by logging-on to the free WIFI using Wechat.

A senior manager of the city's lighting authority said 100 more smart street lights will be installed across the city's six Districts.

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