Thursday, January 05, 2006

Starsight Project to be trialled in Scotland

Very exciting news! Starsight is going to be trialled in Scotland at the University of Abertay. There will be 6 smart lamposts installed initially with plans for up to 4000 more as part of the University's student village that's being built to give the students access to both street lighting and free wifi.

If you don't know about the Starsight Project already, it's an ingenious, award winning idea which I've blogged about before here and here (where there's a link to a detailed FT article by Mike Butcher on the topic). The basic premise is that you have a solar powered lampost with additional wifi without the need for lots of cabling and physical infrastructure. The posts will even charge when it is overcast (which is probably essential in Scotland!).

I'm waiting to hear a bit more about the Scottish project from Steve Flaherty and the Kolam Partnership guys. So if I hear anything interesting that's not covered in the BBC article, I'll post it here. And fingers crossed the project is a roaring success.

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