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Closing Keynote Address at IoT Summit Chicago November 9-10, 2016

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November 14, 2016

Closing Keynote Address at IoT Summit Chicago

November 9-10, 2016

At the November 10th 2016 IoT Summit Chicago, the Closing Keynote presentation was given by Brenna Berman, CIO for the City of Chicago, Charlie Catlett, from Argonne National Labs, and Douglas Pancoast of the Art Institute Chicago. 

The presentation announced the first node placements in Chicago for the Array of Things urban sensing project.   A total of 500 wireless-based sensor nodes will be mounted to streetlight traffic poles throughout Chicago by the end of 2018. These sensors will collect data on air quality, sound, vibration, and temperature. 

The information will be completely open-source and fully accessible to anyone for free. It’s the largest most ambitious project for collecting data on urban living in the world. The data will be analyzed by scientists, urban planners, and businesses to study different environmental conditions and trends, for example:

  • Relationship between diseases and the urban environment. 
  • Improve city services and infrastructure
  • Measurements of micro-climate in different areas of the city
  • Determine heavily populated pedestrian areas at different times of day
  • Timing traffic lights during peak traffic hours
  • Improve pedestrian safety and reduce congestion-related pollution.

The project has greater plans to populate other cities with sensors so data can be compared and studied across many different locations. Chicago will be the central hub for all data that are collected and made open source.

We at Elite are particularly excited to see the Array of Things project receive such impressive attention since our engineers had a small hand in this project as the FCC/CE compliance test lab for the first array nodes. Good job Elite!

And best wishes to the team at Argonne, University of Chicago, Urban Center for Computation and Data, and the City of Chicago.

To learn more about the Array of Things project link to their website at

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