DALLAS and CHICAGO, July 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Array of Things (AoT) has selected AT&T* to be the preferred provider of wireless connectivity for their urban-sensing project.
The AoT project is designed to gather critical data about a city's environment and infrastructure to ultimately help make that city more livable and more efficient.
Beginning with Chicago, the AoT plans to install hundreds of sensor-based nodes in the city to measure factors related to air quality, noise, climate, and traffic congestion. The data collected from the sensors will be transmitted in a highly secure manner over the AT&T wireless network to a central database server at the Argonne National Laboratory, where it will be processed and released openly to the public. Researchers, city services, and technology developers will be able to use the data to address energy efficiency, traffic safety, urban flooding, air pollution, and many more urban challenges.
"A project of this scale requires sophisticated data management to fulfill our commitment to provide accurate and open data for the community," said project lead Charlie Catlett, director of the Urban Center for Computation and Data. "AT&T is an innovator and leader in IoT and smart cities, and we're grateful they're helping enable this ambitious endeavor."
"AT&T recognizes the critical role data plays in the value of deploying smart cities solutions, and we're pleased Array of Things trusts our network to help move their project forward," said Mike Zeto, General Manager and Executive Director, AT&T Smart Cities. "As an industry leader in smart cities, we're excited that Chicago and other cities with Array of Things sensors will be able to use this data to gain deeper insights into the needs of their city and citizens so they can ultimately make more informed decisions, drive efficiencies and deliver a higher quality living experience to their citizens."
"We're interested in monitoring the city's environment and activity, not individuals, which is why we have built privacy protection into the design of the sensors and our operating policies," added Catlett.
AoT will begin installing sensor nodes in Chicago this summer, with a total of 500 nodes active in Chicago by the end of 2018.
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About Array of Things The Array of Things (AoT) is an urban sensing project, a network of interactive, modular sensor boxes that will be installed around Chicago to collect real-time data on the city's environment, infrastructure, and activity for research and public use. AoT will essentially serve as a "fitness tracker" for the city, measuring factors that impact livability in Chicago such as climate, air quality and noise. The project is led by Urban Center for Computation and Data, a joint initiative of the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory, in partnership with the City of Chicago. For more information, visit arrayofthings.us.