More than 75% of global energy consumption and CO2 emissions originate from cities across the globe. In addition, the U.N. estimates that 70% of the global population will live in urban areas by 2050. As a result, cities are making sweeping changes to meet projected population growth and address a worsening climate change crisis. Through a wide-ranging collaboration of more than two dozen industry leaders, including Tehomet, a Valmont Company, the LuxTurrim5G interconnected smart city was established in Espoo, Finland. The project, brought online in 2020, illustrates the possibilities of 5G and other technology to enhance sustainability and reduce carbon emissions.
Dubbed LuxTurrim, the Latin word for light pole, the 5G smart ecosystem incorporates 250 interconnected devices over a 1.5-kilometer area in Espoo, Finland, from the Nokia Bell Labs campus to the Kera railway station. Nokia spearheaded the project, working with 26 partners to develop and deploy a network of sensors and technology to support autonomous vehicles and other innovative city applications.
Valmont is an established leader in bringing smart city technology into a fully integrated pole. So, when Nokia turned to Tehomet to combine the technologies into a “spine” of galvanized steel poles, the Tehomet team got to work immediately, producing a total of 19 galvanized and powder-coated poles. As project partners identified the high-tech uses for each pole and the equipment was defined and developed, Tehomet developed the structures to support the varying needs and technology.
As the spine of the ecosystem, the poles interconnect approximately 250 different electronic devices — the brains of the smart city. There are three 26 GHz base stations, 50 Wi-Fi devices, 75 video cameras, 49 various sensors monitoring air quality, weather, temperature and CO2 levels, nine radar devices, seven information screens, and a drone charging and landing station. All the technology connects to a single, secure data platform. The real-time data provided by the devices enables the possibility to develop a high-level digital twin of the area.
It all started with an idea. Thanks to the hard work of the consortium of partners, LuxTurrim5G is now fully operational and provides safer, cleaner public spaces, more convenient transportation and better resource management thanks to its smart devices and data efficiency.
LuxTurrim will continue to be a living lab for future developments. It is only a first step for Espoo to meet its sustainability and digital transformation goals as a U.N. model city. Leaders seek to develop the Kera area further into a smart and green urban district, with at least 14,000 residents and 10,000 jobs.