Using smart sensors to improve urban safety.


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News-Gazette (Feb. 8) -- Researchers at the University of Illinois are studying ways to “increase safety by equipping some city public spaces with motion, vibration and acoustic sensors that communicate with smartphones.” Computer science professor Klara Nahrstedt is “is applying for a $5 million National Science Foundation grant” to support the research. Nahrstedt says “the project’s focuses are privacy-preserving physical, digital and sociological safety for underserved schools, libraries, recreational centers and the bus stops that accompany them” and will “apply to community concerns about poor lighting, uneven sidewalks, low visibility at street corners or bus stops, and low understanding of digital privacy and security.” Also: ASEE FirstBell (2/9).

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This story was published February 8, 2017.