Hack Night Live: The Array of Things

At tonight’s Chicago OpenGov Hack NightCharlie Catlett from The University of Chicago and Doug Pancoast from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago will talk about a new partnership with the City of Chicago to prototype a network of urban sensing and embedded information systems “nodes.”

Chicago Grid, Photo by Alyson Hurt, Creative Commons

Photo by Alyson Hurt, Creative Commons

The network is intended to be a public utility, including sensors for temperature, humidity, light, sound, motion, infrared, and various components related to air quality and the data published in 30 second intervals to enable app development.

The project, part of Chicago’s Tech Plan, aims to provide test nodes in several locations by late summer 2014, and expects to deploy 8-20 nodes in the Loop by October 2014. Contingent upon federal funding requests, the ultimate goal is to develop a network of over 500 nodes.

We’ll start our livestream at 6:15pm CST.