Source: Karis Hustad, ChicagoInno

University of Chicago's ambitious big data Array of Things (AoT) project is set to roll out 500 data-sensing nodes across the city by the end of 2017, with the aim of using data to solve urban infrastructure problems.

The large scale roll out will be supported by a $3.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the University of Chicago announced Monday. This grant will fund the installation and development of the 500 nodes, which will be placed throughout the city based on community and researcher input. This funding makes the project the first infrastructure in which researchers can rapidly deploy sensors, embedded systems, computing and communications systems at scale in an urban environment, the NSF said.