Argonne launches ‘Array of Things’ urban sensing project

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.

Chicago installs "fitness tracker for the city" to improve infrastructure and residents' health

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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.

Array of Things takes off in 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.

Chicago Launches Array of Things

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.

Chicago Installs First Sensors For The Array of Things

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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.

Chicago to become world’s next smart city

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.

Chicago installs its first of “Array of Things” data collection sensors

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.

Chicago has started installing sensors that will monitor the city

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.

1st Of 500 Sensors Now Tracking City Pollution, Traffic In Pilsen

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.