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Totem streetlight poles to combine wireless with power on city streets

Matt Hamblen | March 27, 2017
Battery storage on streetlights would offer first responders backup power in disasters.

Totem Power hasn't released technical specifications of its devices and is operating on a first round of funding from "interested parties," but hasn't disclosed how much it has raised, Lakamp said. It has recently operated with six employees, though the company expects that to soon double to 12.

Years ago, Lakamp worked at Clear Channel and iHeartRadio, where he developed software to keep radio networks up and running around the clock. "I'm more a product guy than an engineer," he said.

Lakamp attended Mobile World Congress in Barcelona where several conference sessions on smart city technology were held and discussed. A common theme he heard from cities and vendors was how long it has taken for cities to adopt technologies like smart streetlights.

"That talk hasn't put me off," he said. "We're not assuming the rollout is fast. It will accelerate and will move really slowly until it suddenly moves really fast."

 

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