Chicago Smart City Initiative

Chicago Smart City Initiative

From http://www.govtech.com/data/Smart-Cities-Understanding-the-Untapped-Value-of-Sensor-Data.html,

“This fall, Chicago will install a network of 40 sensors to discover how new data sets can inform decisions that make the city a better place to live. The Array of Things initiative will begin with devices being installed on light poles at the University of Chicago, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Argonne National laboratory, and will be expanded in the coming years to a system of 1,000 sensors that cover the city’s central business district.

Every 15 seconds, the sensors will collect and report data on temperature, humidity, carbon monoxide, vibration, light and sound. At this early stage, officials are imagining how this data might improve city walkability and how the network can connect with pedestrians’ phones via Bluetooth to create an even richer data set.”

More city wide sensors is good. Wearable air quality sensors distributed amongst the population will be even better.