“Array of Things” By Urban Center for Computation and Data (2014)

This product is a system of sensors around the city of Chicago that collect various information like temperature, humidity, gas composition, and human activity. The information is available to residents, scientists, policymakers, and software developers for research and development. Applications of this technology include research about the condition of the city as well as methods to find the safest and quickest routes for residents.


This product is very unique because it is built around multiple different groups of users for more than one purpose. This example shows how Internet of Things can connect an entire city and provide uses to different fields like research and policymaking. It is interesting to see how people feel the need to know as much information as possible about the environment they live in, an ability that is now becoming possible.

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