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Smart Street Lights Coming in 2023


Sensors on the street lights will collect and share information such as traffic accidents, congestion, icy roads, current traffic conditions, the direction and speed of movement of individual vehicles, falling objects and potholes. (image: Suncheon City Government)

Sensors on the street lights will collect and share information such as traffic accidents, congestion, icy roads, current traffic conditions, the direction and speed of movement of individual vehicles, falling objects and potholes. (image: Suncheon City Government)

SEOUL, Apr. 2 (Korea Bizwire)A “Smart Street Light System” will be developed by 2023, which will attach sensors to street lamps erected close to the road and relay road information collected to vehicles and road facilities.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced on Monday that it would hold an research and development (R&D) briefing session with the Ministry of Science and ICT, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, and the Ministry of Interior and Safety on Tuesday.

The project aims to reduce traffic accidents and improve traffic flow by collecting road information by attaching sensors to street lights and using information and communication technology (ICT) to share such information with signal lights, vehicles and pedestrians via smartphones.

Sensors on the street lights will collect and share information such as traffic accidents, congestion, icy roads, current traffic conditions, the direction and speed of movement of individual vehicles, falling objects and potholes.

This will help protect pedestrians by lighting red lights on the crosswalk traffic lights in the direction of progress, by identifying information on vehicles travelling at high speeds late at night, and guiding them to a detour in the event of a car crash at an intersection ahead.

This project will be carried out as a multi-agency R&D project where three or more ministries will collaborate. The government has set aside 26 billion won (US$22.86 million) in funding for the project until 2023.

Kevin Lee (kevinlee@koreabizwire.com)

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