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Posted August 04 , 2021

 

The National Science Foundation will fund research to create a “smart corridor” of internet-connected sensors and cameras within downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga announced on Monday. They’re calling it Smart Corridor+.

The $1.37 million grant will go toward researchers at the university’s Center for Urban Informatics and Progress, a center that uses data, artificial intelligence, statistical modeling and machine learning to study how cities can improve mobility, health care, energy consumption and access to the internet. Officials said they’ll use the funding to livestream the feeds of more than 20 cameras and data-collecting sensors already in place along a 1.2 mile corridor in the city’s downtown, helping researchers study ways to improve traffic, public safety and air quality.

Kevin Comstock, Chattanooga’s director of smart cities, said in a press release that he expects the country’s “top smart city researchers” to tune in.

{mprestriction ids="1,4,9"}“Smart Corridor+ is a major step forward for Chattanooga’s Smart City research community,” Comstock said in a press release. “The city will be able to offer state-of-the-art research technologies to the nation’s top Smart City researchers. It’s a huge win for everyone involved.”

University leaders said the portal will also be made available to high school students in the Chattanooga area. The portal’s video and data are expected to help researchers and students understand how different safety and technology measures, like new bike lanes or 5G equipment, alter the quality of life for residents.


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