Join us for a presentation on the Smart City Collaborative's MLK Corridor project and data analytics with Dr. Mina Sartipi and UTC research students.
The Chattanooga Smart City Collaborative launched a Testbed Corridor to study pedestrian and vehicle traffic patterns along one of the city’s central areas.
Cameras, LIDAR, radar, software-defined radios, wireless communications and air quality and audio sensors collect information from their spots on 11 poles along a 10-block section of Martin Luther King Boulevard in the city’s downtown. That data is analyzed and compared with several years’ worth of historic data -- a heat map of all the accidents in the city -- so researchers can predict where accidents are most likely to occur in the next six hours, based on day, time and weather conditions. The poles are connected to the city’s fiber, enabling the sensors to transmit the data in real time.
Although some of the sensors have edge computing capabilities, the bulk of the data analysis happens at the Center for Urban Informatics and Progress (CUIP) at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). The Testbed Corridor is part of a larger effort by the Chattanooga Smart Community Collaborative. CSCC is comprised of EPB -- the city-owned electric power distribution and telecommunications company that handles the fiber -- UTC, the city government, Hamilton County government and several other local organizations. CSCC partners can access data from the testbed in real time via application programming interfaces.