New monitoring devices installed on downtown sidewalks

What is this? Downtown Kirkland has some new devices installed at select crosswalks that have laymen scratching their heads as to what purpose they serve. The contraptions appear to be boxes at the base of 20 ft. long telescoping poles. At the top of the poles are monitoring devices of some sort.

So far, our crack investigative team has determined they are not:

  • Very small not-so-loud speakers aimed at very tall people
  • Speed cameras aimed at aggressive birds
  • Laser beams

Any guesses as to what these are?

These photos were taken on Lake Street. Yes, we could go directly to City Hall and ask, but this is more fun.