It seems crazy today that the public infrastructure to support our data-hogging smartphones, tablets and laptops is so limited. That’s why Douglas Coupland created the V-Pole.
Think of it as a smart street light equipped with an LED light bulb and capable of providing Wi-Fi, improving cellphone service and charging electric cars. It would even feature a touchscreen where people could pay for parking or stop and get directions.
V-Pole stands for “Vancouver pole,” as it’s currently being considered by Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. Why would Robertson invest thousands of dollars per V-Pole when Vancouver already has street lights?
According to the National Post, Vancouver’s downtown is filled with more than 100 cellphone towers from five competing carriers. British Columbia has pledged nearly $3 million to install 570 electric car charging stations within the province, and Vancouver was already looking to replace its old sodium street lights with…
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