Chicago Lamp Posts Turn Big Brother

The city of Chicago has just set forth an initiative to install hi-tech sensors in many of the cities lamp posts in the near future. The sensors are meant to detect foot traffic, as well as heat, light intensity, air quality, sound levels, and more. The reason? All to provide new data for researchers studying the effects of urban environments on humans and their health.

While researchers are excited for the project (dubbed the “Array of Things”), many are critical of the personal privacy implications. Sensors will be discreet, but will be able to detect blue-tooth devices near them, including many personal phones and mobile devices. Still, the city has faith in the security of the systems they set in place to avoid any serious issues. 

The lamp posts could be one step towards the future of cities we all imagine. Buildings wired head to toe with sensors and programs, able to control infrastructure with the touch of an iPhone.

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