The metropolis is installing connected monitors on street corners that collect data such as traffic, air quality, sound pollution and pedestrian density

The University of Chicago has developed a platform that collects information block by block, and sends it to the cloud. Called the Array of Things, the network will record air quality, pedestrian activity, traffic and a host of other things for a real-time and localized peek at the city.

With the Array of Things, people won’t simply settle with city-wide averages of pollution levels, temperature, and other data sets. Instead, they can garner detailed information at an unprecedented resolution. Apps can now generate jogging routes in Chicago with the best pedestrian-level air quality and minimum foot traffic. It can also identify the most ideal part of the city to lounge al fresco in.

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