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UIC researchers use drone technology to better inspect light poles
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UIC researchers use drone technology to better inspect light poles

CHICAGO (CBS) – It's a view of a light pole that's rarely seen, from a drone capturing images from above.Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago are using the perspective to keep drivers safe from falling poles.CBS 2's Suzanne Le Mignot got a first look inside that UIC lab that's trying to address the problem she's been covering for months.If a light pole, standing 20 feet high, needed to be inspected, a Chicago Department of Transportation worker would need to come out with heavy equipment to inspect it from top to bottom. New research being done shows a drone could be used to do that work instead.Inside the UIC High Bay Structures Lab, researchers use drone video of a vibration study on an aluminum light pole. "There is something that hit the light pole," said...
A Chicago city sensor project goes global
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A Chicago city sensor project goes global

Each node in the Array of Things was equipped with an Nvidia graphics processing unit (or GPU) to perform computations on images out in the field and sent only processed data along to the network—a form of edge computing. As an added privacy safeguard, the nodes are designed to be installed temporarily. “I would rather not see edge computing blanketed across the city, where everywhere you walk there’s a camera that’s analyzing what you’re doing,” Catlett says. “That to me is more dystopian than I’d like to see. But I do think that these edge devices have a place for diagnosis. You drop that capability in for a purpose, and then you pull it out.”  Between 2016 and 2019, the team attached 140 AoT nodes to Chicago streetlights. In a participatory process, the team at Argonne and local univer...