16 Nov 2022 Smart Road Series 1/4: the Multi-Functional Pole
As a technology player working in transport infrastructure, Sinelec aims to support road operators in their journey towards safer, smarter and more sustainable mobility.
In four episodes, we will take a closer look at some of the most significant technological initiatives Sinelec has carried out as part of one of the most ambitious and innovative road digitisation projects in Europe: Anas’ Smart Road.
What is the multi-functional pole?
The multi-functional pole is the symbol of the digitisation of road infrastructure and Anas’ Smart Road, a device that concentrates several significant functions, from detecting traffic flow to video surveillance. Thanks to its precise cadenced positioning, i.e. repeated placement along a stretch of road, it allows continuous functional coverage of the road infrastructure in terms of monitoring traffic events and V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) connectivity, a fundamental enabling factor for connected mobility services (Day 1 and Day 1.5 services as envisaged by the European Commission).
Sinelec was involved in selecting the right solutions to meet the technology and regulatory requirements, standard for ITS technologies (video surveillance cameras, IT equipment), but a challenge when it comes to V2X, a much more recent technology that is evolving very quickly.
The company also participated in the plan for placing the multi-function poles. For this purpose, Sinelec developed a system to check radio frequency coverage and measure the quality of the data received, using its own vehicle as a V2X mobile booth.
During the design phase, Sinelec supported the customer in mounting the technological devices inside the pole. The electrical cabinets were also studied. In order to improve the sustainability impact and reduce the visual impact without compromising accessibility to the technologies and to ensure operating efficiency. Sinelec directed the customer towards the use of an inground well that integrates the classic outdoor electrical cabinet. Together with a specialised Italian company, heat flow analyses and thermal tests were carried out on the products to ensure the best solution.
Sinelec also physically installed the multifunctional poles — steel structures with polycarbonate covers, which are durable, modular and can be integrated — and then fine-tuned the technologies integrated within the poles themselves.
The operations were concluded after functional tests — from the simplest, testing the accessibility of the devices, to more complex tests, where the customer could test its own applications. The result is clearly visible: the infrastructure is enabled and functioning. Scheduled Smart Road services can now be provided continuously to improve user travel experience.