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Équipements de commande de télécontrôle en milieu urbain et périurbain

Recently, many service companies deployed automation and remote monitoring programs for their network (cable, electricity, telephone, transport) by implementing remote control devices in public spaces. These devices - assorted boxes - gradually and increasingly appear in living environments. Often, the technical and industrial-looking devices are not designed to visually integrate a living environment. These new practices transform the current physical distribution network and alter the public environment.

Monitoring units are technical equipment that performs remote actions on a network (cable, electricity, telephony, management of traffic lights). Typically, remote monitoring systems, whether private or public, are enclosed in some form of box installed in the public space to serve different functions and services. They can be mounted on a network post at different levels, on or within municipal lighting systems, or installed on a base. They are usually located on public right-of-ways in front or back lots, on sidewalks, in streets and backstreets, on buildings, etc.

Remote monitoring equipment is installed every now and then, involving no major transformation of urban space. However, the equipment does stand alone in the environment. It interacts with existing elements and others to come. It is not so much the box or even its appearance that poses a problem. It is rather its relationship and compatibility with other equipment accumulating in public spaces, activities deployed in these places as well as their tangible and intangible qualities, and therefore, of the urban and peri-urban landscape.

This report presents the combined results of two studies. A first reviews literature and practices of technical and utility equipment present in living environments and identifies others that could be implemented on a mid- to long-term basis. Another analyses if and how posts and environments can receive automation control modules, and related opportunities of landscape integration. Since the city of Montreal already hosts modules on its territory, it served as a field for this study.  The multiplicity provided opportunities to observe multiple situations and different types urban and peri-urban typologies.

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