Setting your smart city poles apart from the others

We’ve seen the agricultural revolution and the industrial revolution and now we are well into the communications revolution, which has resulted unprecedented “Internet of Things” connectivity.

New multi-function pole technology is emerging as a key feature in integrating and getting the most out of this exciting new technology, which can improve management of a city’s assets and improve efficiencies in the provision of services and use of resources.

While a smart pole tends to be a package of a pole and specific technologies, a multi-function pole is designed as a pole with a capacity to carry a large range of competing technologies.

It has the flexibility to have applications removed, relocated and retro-fitted over time.

A leading Australian manufacturer of smart and multi-function poles is Urban Aluminium, part of the GM Poles Group, Australia’s largest pole manufacturer.

UA director Ian Hutchinson says the company’s smart and multi-function poles have an aesthetically pleasing contemporary appearance, and come with an integrated bracketing system that enables a range of items to be neatly attached now and in the future.

The key to a successful and cost-effective smart pole design, is its ability to be considered future proofed and be able to accommodate future technologies as they are developed, Mr Hutchinson says.

“The patented Urban Aluminium system achieves this. Further the use of structural aluminium alloys that removes corrosion issues and halves the carbon footprint of more traditional steel poles with the ability to be fully recycled at the end of its 50-year design life.”

To discover more about Urban Aluminium’s Smart Poles and decorative aluminium poles please visit

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