City in Mexico issues tender for smart lamppost project

City in Mexico issues tender for smart lamppost project

The City of Puebla in east-central Mexico has published a call for tenders to install a public lighting system with artificial intelligence, Mexico Daily News reports.

Bidders must belong to a national or international organization with proven experience in AI and lighting systems, especially in public safety and transportation applications.

The winner is expected to implement technologies that improves traffic conditions, such as intelligent traffic lights, and will design a system that incorporates facial recognition and firearm detection software, in addition to public wifi. They will also provide corrective and preventative maintenance for 115,000 streetlights.

A local official said this project is the first of its kind in Mexico and that the use of artificial intelligence will emphasize sustainability, user friendliness and economic development and will reduce the overall cost of the project.

Last year Singapore piloted a smart city project that tested various kinds of sensors on city lampposts, including cameras that can support backend facial recognition capabilities.

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