>> AOT - THE ARRAY OF THINGS (CITY OF CHICAGO)
It is great to see large cities get involved with the Internet of Things.
Array of Things
is a joint initiative lead by researchers from the
Urban Center for Computation and Data
of the Computational Institute, a joint initiative of the the
Argonne National Laboratory
Chicago together with the City of Chicago.
What if a light pole told you to watch out for an icy patch of sidewalk
ahead? What if an app told you the most populated route for a late-night
walk a specific location by itself? What if you could get weather and
air quality information by block, instead of by city?
source: project website
The Array of Things is a network of interactive, modular sensor boxes
that collect real-time data on the environment, infrastructure and activity
for research and public use. Each sensor box monitors environment factors
such as temperature, humidity, light, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide
levels and vibration amongst a few others.
contain a master control processor (unspecified) sourcing information
from at least two Arduino micro-controllers connected to a series of
specific sensors and communicate over a cellular network to share information
to the global network.
The initial deployment will involve the distribution of at least fifty
nodes around the city to check system reliability and testing through
the winter of 2014-15 - with the goal to obtain sufficient funding to
deploy at least five hundred additional nodes during 2015 through 2017.
It will be interesting to follow up on how this project develops over time.