Source: Scientific Computing World
Argonne National Laboratory is partnering with the University of Chicago and the City of Chicago to launch an open access urban sensing project - the Array of Things - to better understand and improve the cities.
The Array of Things (AoT) will collect streams of data on Chicago's environment, infrastructure, and activity. This local, open data collection can then be used by researchers, city officials and software developers to study challenges such as air pollution, flooding, traffic safety and assessing the nature and impact of climate change.
Source: WGN Radio
Pete Beckman is the co-director of the Northwestern-Argonne Institute of Science and Engineering, and is helping to head up the Array of Things project. He tells WGN Radio how these machines will measure such data as air quality, pedestrian traffic and more in Chicago!
Areas of Chicago have been fitted with a network of sensors, which will work like a Fitbit activity tracker to provide both scientists and citizens with open data about the urban environment.
Known as the Array of Things, the urban sensing network was developed by the Urban Center for Computation and Data at the University of Chicago, the Argonne National Laboratory and the City of Chicago.
Source: Matt Leonard, GCN
Look! It’s a bird! … Or it’s a stack oversized of shuttlecocks, maybe?
No, those funky-looking contraptions being mounted on electric poles and traffic lights around Chicago are sensors, or, actually, housing for multiple sensors. They are the first sensors installed in Chicago’s much-anticipated Array of Things project. Fifty are expected to be up by September.
Source: Government Technology
Chicago has taken a step toward what it hopes is the future.
On Aug. 29, coordinators of the Array of Things (AoT) project announced that they’ve set up two sensor nodes at intersections along Damen Avenue capable of collecting real-time data on things ranging from the amount of carbon monoxide in the air to the number of pedestrians crossing the street. They’re the first two nodes of an eventual 500 the project organizer hopes to have installed in the city by the end of 2018 — and that’s completely separate from the other cities working to set up their own nodes.
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.
SOURCE: Stephanie Stefanovic, PACE
Chicago is rolling out the first 50 of 500 sensors that will be installed across the city to measure everything from air quality to pedestrian traffic. The project – dubbed the Array of Things – is the first of its kind in a US city.
Source: Jay Koziarz, Curbed Chicago
After much anticipation, the first light pole-mounted, data collection nodes comprising Chicago’s ambitious city-wide Array of Things sensor network are finally starting to come on line. Initially installed in the Pilsen neighborhood last week to specifically study air quality, these first few sensors will soon be expanded to more locations across the city and will grow to roughly 500 nodes by the end of 2018.
While a project to install hundreds of unblinking robotic sentinels across the Windy City might seem like something out of an Orwellian dystopia, the Array of Things is interested in monitoring the Chicago’s urban environment — such as temperature, barometric pressure, light, vibration, pollutants, sound intensity, traffic — and not its individual residents. As an added layer of transparency, all data will be published openly across multiple portals completely free of charge.
SOURCE: Zach Long, Time Out Chicago
By 2018, a network of 500 sensor nodes situated around Chicago will monitor air quality, climate, traffic, noise and other factors that affect the environment of the city. The network is called the Array of Things, an urban sensing project that is being described as a "fitness tracker for the city," collecting real-time data that can be used to help improve Chicago's infrastructure, provide hyper-local forecasts and help you get to work on time. Funded by a $3.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the project marks a collaboration between the city and researchers at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory.
SOURCE: Sam Cholke, DNA Info
HYDE PARK — The first two of more than 500 sensors being installed across Chicago by scientists are now up in Pilsen measuring air quality.
Charlie Catlett, the director of the Urban Center for Computation and Data at the University of Chicago, said Monday the Array of Things project is rolling out the installation of the first 60 of a series of sensors that will eventually go up around the city measuring air quality, traffic and a bevy of other data.
“By this time next year from the sensors in the Loop, we could get a very good picture of the number of vehicles coming in and out of the Loop at certain times,” Catlett said.