The Dutch city of Rotterdam and innovative developer Lightwell have made the city of the future a thing of today with the launch of CENT-R.
This multifunctional and modular device is to become the standard platform for smart city applications. CENT-R – Connective Energy Network Tool – Rotterdam – is a modular streetlighting pole that can be adapted to fit changing needs on an ongoing basis.
Applications like electric charging, 5G, cameras and a variety of sensors like air and sound are part of its toolkit. A pilot will start in January with three CENT-R appliances in Rotterdam’s Reyeroord district.
Street lighting problems and solutions
Smart in the public space
With major climate ambitions, Rotterdam is a leader in implementing and facilitating technology in the public space. In Reyeroord, their dedicated innovation district, various management and social challenges come together in testing innovative solutions. This pilot will enable the city to work towards an infrastructure filled with smart city applications.
CENT-R reduces the number of objects in the public space, yet gives the resident of the future everything he needs. The multifunctional streetlighting pole can double as a power socket for electric cars, 5G transmission tower, CC-TV unit, air quality monitor – and anything else a city might ask for. With its circular and modular design, future changes are easy, allowing it to be continuously updated with the latest technological innovations and serve as a marketplace for partners with solutions that benefit the city.
Roadmap to the future
Barbara Kathman, economic councillor of the City of Rotterdam, explains how CENT-R characterises the city’s approach to digitalisation: “Rotterdam aims to be a prime example of the digital city by 2025. We want to be sustainable, accessible and a place where people enjoy to live and work. Partnering with businesses and knowledge institutes is what makes introducing the latest digital innovations possible. The pilot with CENT-R will run until the end of 2020 and is extremely valuable on the road to becoming a completely climate neutral city by 2030.”
Virgal Warnars, sales director at Lightwell, adds: “I believe a smart city can only succeed if all parties involved build a sustainable partnership together. CENT-R is a great example. The lessons this pilot will teach us, are of great value later on – like a roadmap to the future!”
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