Chattanooga’s ‘Smart Corridor+’ to feed researchers street-level data

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

The $1.37 million grant funds research 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 provide researchers access to data steams from sensors installed in a 1.2 mile stretch of the city’s downtown area. A spokesperson from the center said the project may also integrate video feeds from more than 20 cameras, but the project is still “in its infancy” and that functionality isn’t certain to be included.