The first step has been the implementation of a network of beautifully-designed sensors poised to capture and make public real-time, non-personal data about the liveability of a city. A network of sensors with a personality and a public service mission’Šwhich is following citizens and the citizens follow it back so they could read its tweets.
During September 2015, the “Array of Things’ moved several giant steps closer to becoming a crucial general-purpose, worldwide sensor data infrastructure for researchers and policy makers. According to Prof. Susan Crawford the breath taking, crucial, central element of the Array of Things mind set is that: the whole thing is aimed at creating a repository of public, free, real-time data in a single place. All the devices are set to communicate only with the Chicago researchers. No outsider can initiate a connection to one of these nodes.
How Chicago Got Smart About Sensors