Streetlight sensors to monitor pedestrian safety arrive in Arlington

Smart technology streetlight sensors have been installed in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, as part of a pilot program to improve public safety in the area.

The sensors can’t identify personal information about someone. Instead, optical, audio and environmental sensors collect information about the radius of location between pedestrians…

The data will help implement changes, such as improved pedestrian safety and flow, and better safety response times through detection of environmental events.

“I think the opportunity for us to tread very carefully into this space, to make sure we’re looking at the privacy aspect…to make sure we’re looking at the value that we’re getting very carefully and thoughtfully, helps the county to have a real life example of, ‘Is this useful to us?’” said Hartell.

The goal is to have the findings from the sensors posted to an open data portal by the fall.