Several organizations already count people, vehicles, bicycles, and other uses of public space in Philadelphia. The Department of Health also runs ten air quality monitoring stations citywide. However, the current methods of collecting this data aren’t very efficient.
The City will use technology to collect that same data in real-time for six months through this project. The goal of SmartBlockPHL is to test ways to collect data accurately and efficiently while prioritizing the highest standards of civil liberties and data privacy.
In practice, this may help the City use smart technologies to create data-driven policies and improve operational management.
For example, by gathering data about how and when people use public space, the City can make better decisions about managing streets and sidewalks. This project will help the City improve safety for vulnerable users and ensure that public spaces accommodate many needs.