SOURCE: Bailey McCann, CivSource

Chicago is taking the sensor-based smart city concept one step further by launching its own “Array of Things”. The city installed the first round of sensors for the array this week. The first phase of sensors will focus on air quality and will also include low-resolution cameras that will be installed on traffic poles.

The array is backed by a $3.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation in addition to some city and local university dollars. The project and its analysis will be led by the Urban Center and Computation and Data at the University of Chicago and Argonne.