HUB.NODE Multi-Function Technology Node for Smart Cities

  • 2017

  • Product
    Hardware and Building

Designed By:

  • HUB Australasia Pty Ltd

Commissioned By:

HUB In-House Design Initiative

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To create a Smart City for people a wide range of technologies and functions need to be integrated into our public domain. The result is a proliferation of disparate pieces of equipment that need to be deployed in order to perform these Smart functions.

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  • The HUB.NODE invisibly accommodates all 4G, 5G and Wi-Fi equipment which makes the HUB.NODE an effective and discrete addition to any telecommunications network. Importantly, the antennae are mounted at a height that ensures optimal performance (7 - 11m). The HUB.NODE, is a replacement for the traditional street light and when deployed in cities, results in a high density of small cell and Wi-Fi locations, thereby ensuring the best coverage and capacity for any telecommunications network.

  • The HUB.NODE incorporates the latest in LED street & pedestrian area lighting. The integrated minimal design of the HUB.NODE is maintained by having all LED Lights housed within the circumference of the node - no streetlight outreaches. Design challenges included managing the heat produced by high output LED's in a confined space and distributing the light from a vertical plane rather than the typical horizontal streetlight outreach. Solving these issues required designing a custom optic with patented heat pipe transfer technology which utilises the pole structure as a heat extractor via its natural draft effect.

  • CCTV Camera and data capture are driven by the need to monitor our urban environment coupled with increasing requirements for security at a streetscape level. The connection to power and telecommunication make the deployment of closed circuit television through HUB.NODE fast and seamless compared to alternatives. The challenge was fitting a range of IP rated cameras into the HUB.NODE whilst maintaining visual dome lens clarity. This meant that the camera dome needed to penetrate the circumference of the HUB.NODE to allow unobstructed field of vision.

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    Environmental Sensors can be integrated into the HUB.NODE structure to measure and track humidity, temperature, air quality and pollution levels and also transmit real-time reports. In combination with the integrated Wi-Fi, the collected data can be issued to the public or any facility in which the information can be further processed.

    PA speakers can be integrated into the HUB.NODE structure capable of broadcasting community messages. This can be linked to event announcements in town centres, and can be integrated into an emergency broadcast system. In combination with a Wi-Fi network, push messaging is possible, as it localises advertising.

    The Help Button is an important safety feature, which seamlessly integrates into the base of the HUB.NODE. The Help Button with its 'two way communication feature' demonstrates safety, provides easy access to immediate help and emergency services and lets authorities react quickly in case of an incident or public safety hazards.