Even for lights not centrally switched (perhaps always-on, locally 
photocell-controlled) there’s also the issue of what kind of power is available 
at the poles. Our outdoor lights are 277 volt LED. At the very least, if you’re 
able to find a product to give you the power you need from that voltage, it’s 
probably going to be prohibitively expensive, and certainly not pretty on the 
pole. Your elegant lamp posts from the gaslight era will end up looking like 
those “tree” cell towers. Haha!



Happy Friday.

________________________________________

Eric LaCroix, Director of Technology, New Hampton School

70 Main Street • New Hampton, NH 03256





On 9/16/16, 3:53 PM, "The EDUCAUSE Wireless Issues Constituent Group Listserv 
on behalf of Watters, John" <WIRELESS-LAN@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU on behalf of 
john.watt...@ua.edu> wrote:



    The main problem we have with doing this is getting a second power feed int=

    o the poles. All of our utilities are underground. And, all light poles are=

     decorative black things without any visible wires (it all comes in undergr=

    ound). To make it worse, all lights are on a central switch which means tha=

    t there is no power to the poles until the lights come on. Thus, the reason=

     for a separate power feed so wireless could run independently of the light=

    s. Also, light power typically loops into a pole and then back out to the n=

    ext pole in the run, thus filling up the access holes with twice as many wi=

    res as would be desired (by us anyway), and leaving little room to get anot=

    her power wire in (and also maybe back out) plus a small fiber cable.=20



    Underground utilities look good but can cause problems with needing additio=

    nal wiring added for nice stuff such as you mentioned.







    John Watters

    Network Engineer, Office of Information Technology

    The University of Alabama

    A115 Gordon Palmer Hall

    Box 870346=20

    Tuscaloosa, AL 35487=20

    Phone 205-348-3992

    john.watt...@ua.edu=20





    -----Original Message-----

    From: The EDUCAUSE Wireless Issues Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:WIREL=

    ess-...@listserv.educause.edu] On Behalf Of Hector J Rios

    Sent: Friday, September 16, 2016 2:45 PM

    To: WIRELESS-LAN@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU

    Subject: [WIRELESS-LAN] Utility Poles



    Has anyone on the list floated around the idea of establishing a standard t=

    o provide fiber and adequate power to light poles in your campus? How cool =

    would it be to have these resources available so they could be used not onl=

    y to serve WiFi, but a myriad of other things like security cameras, public=

     safety, digital signage,  and the ton of promises that the IoT is promisin=

    g. I'm wondering if this is a cost effective thing to do? As a strategic pl=

    an, it seems to also make sense. I know all campuses are different. We are =

    just lucky that we own our poles, so we have no issues with obtaining permi=

    ssion. Thoughts?



    Hector Rios

    Louisiana State University



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