FOX 32 NEWS - The city has teamed up with the University of Chicago in launching a multi-million dollar project being hailed as a fitness tracker for the city.
But there are some Chicagoans who believe "The Array of Things" is just another way to gather information about us.
Being put up around the city are dozens of beehive looking sensors designed to gather information on an urban scale.
Chicago is becoming the first city in the nation with its very own fitness tracker. It’s all part of an ambitious project known as "The Array of Things."
"They're designed to help us capture data about the environment and the activities of the infrastructure across the City of Chicago,” said City Chief Information Officer Brenna Berman.
Fifty of these "nodes" are currently being installed on light poles and buildings in the Loop, and other selected neighborhoods with as many as 450 more to go up by 2018.
The data stored by these sensors will not only be made available to scientists and educators, but to anyone else who wants it. All the data will be made public in an effort to improve the quality of life for those who live here.
"This is something that's played out around open data in the past already, and that's the ideas that will come from the public when they see the data and bring to us in partnership and be able to execute together,” Berman said. "The people behind the Array of Things want you to know this is not about tracking the individual, they're interested in things like humidity and rainfall and traffic flow, whether it be by car or on foot.”
With privacy a growing concern these days, reaction from Chicagoans that FOX 32 spoke to was understandably mixed.
"We're all being watched one way or another so I have no problem with it,” one Chicagoan said.
"It causes a concern because it seems someone is always tracking you,” a second added.