Current Products

CUBS NIGHT GAME ALERTS

Partners

Mastercard, Chicago Transit Authority, ideas42, Syniverse

Goal

The CTA Red Line, a north-south train serving downtown Chicago as well as some of the most densely populated residential neighborhoods along Lake Michigan, often experiences overcrowding when the Chicago Cubs play a weeknight game at Wrigley Field. This pilot focused on designing and testing low-cost, efficient, and consumer-friendly interventions to encourage and incentivize riders to take the Cubs game into consideration when making evening travel plans, and then change their travel time. This test of text message based informational alerts and economic incentives (fare rebates and charitable donations) was focused on determining the potential for a more broadly applicable demand side management approach.

Outcome

Fare rebates had the most impact with average participant ridership dropping 17.5 percent between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. and moving to adjacent hours. Informational text alerts and charitable donations on behalf of the commuter also led to reductions in peak-hour ridership but not at statistically significant levels. The team is currently reviewing a potential second phase.

ENERGY TECHNOLOGY, REBATE, AND INCENTIVE MATCHING

Partners

ComEd, Microsoft, Mastercard, Civis Analytics, Elevate Energy

Goal

Encouraging uptake of energy management programs requires something that can provide right-fit incentives, billing options, and technology presented in the context of their existing, often more pressing, needs, while aligning to specific customer behaviors, demographics, and socioeconomic factors. The pilot aims to increase participation in energy efficiency for low-to-moderate income customers and communities by simplifying the process for evaluating and participating in energy management opportunities through two distinct phases. Phase 1 will focus on identifying the best-fit energy efficiency program matches on an individualized customer basis by integrating different information and data sets and to align with specific customer information. Phase 2 will develop the customer outreach, engagement and marketing techniques to inform customers of these best fit options and subsequently increase participation in efficiency programs.

Outcome

This pilot will kick-off in early 2018.

SMART GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE MONITORING

Partners

Microsoft, Senformatics, OptiRTC, Chicago Department of Transportation, Chicago Department of Water Management, AECOM, West Monroe Partners

Goal

These pilots created new, real-time sensing capabilities and cloud-based analytics to evaluate the performance of stormwater management techniques. Resulting technology and analyses can be used to inform refinements in future designs and measurement tools, and assist Chicago, other cities, and developers in green versus gray infrastructure investment and operations decisions.

Outcome

Sensors have been installed at four green infrastructure sites across Chicago measuring the performance of permeable pavement, bioswale, infiltration planters, and tree pit filters. These first of it’s kind data on green infrastructure performance is being used to improve green infrastructure design, enable performance-based cost analyses, and are publicly available through the Chicago Open Data Portal. Finally, the pilot resulted in a commercial ready technology suite for real-time green infrastructure monitoring.

UNDERGROUND INFRASTRUCTURE MAPPING

Partners

Accenture, HBK Engineering, Microsoft, ComEd, Chicago Department of Transportation, Chicago Department of Water Management, ESRI, CityZenith, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Goal

This pilot focuses on the creation of a platform that enables virtual mapping and coordination for cataloging underground structures, such as water pipes, gas lines, power and electrical systems, subway structures, and telecommunications cabling.  The goal is to overcome inefficiencies and costs created by incomplete, paper-based systems to better coordinate underground design and permitting, reduce redundant digging operations and accidental interruptions of service, improve accuracy of utility information, and optimize the way this information is obtained. Consolidated and improved data will help utilities better design and coordinate construction in city streets, resulting in fewer accidental damages and reduced construction impacts for city residents.

Outcome

The pilot team has developed a preliminary platform and plan for full development and implementation. The platform has been developed to meet rigorous security standards, intake a variety of spatial data forms, and able to scale to meet cities of all sizes.

CHICAGO HEALTH ATLAS

Partners

Chicago Department of Public Health, Otho S.A. Sprague Memorial Institute

Goal

The Chicago Health Atlas was created as a public facing repository of the city’s health data and community resources. The Atlas allows users to review, explore and compare health-related data over time and across communities. In addition, the Chicago Health Atlas provides a place for residents to see the city’s  progress implementing Healthy Chicago 2.0, the citywide plan to improve health equity.

Outcome

The Chicago Health Atlas is, by design, an evolving tool. Through new partnerships, improved data and continuous updates to the site, we will be better equipped to understand and improve our city’s health.

WATTIME

Partners

Microsoft, WattTime

Goal

This pilot leverages the UI LABS facility as a testbed for innovative smart building technologies. WattTime has developed an algorithm to predict marginal carbon emissions from the energy generation sector. In partnership with Microsoft this pilot is deploying WattTime at UI LABS and testing how it can be used by building managers and integrated into building automations systems to reduce carbon emissions with minimal impact on building operations.

Outcome

This pilot is ongoing with Phase 1 focused on displaying marginal emissions data for our building managers.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLATFORM

Partners

Mastercard, Microsoft, Greater London Authority, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Choose Chicago

Goal

Cities are typically eager to understand the economic benefits and costs of events that they host. This pilot planned to be deployed in both Chicago and London will determine how advanced, integrated, and timely data can better quantify the impact of specific events (festivals, trade fairs, road closures, etc.) taking place within a city. The primary goal of this pilot is to provide cities with a tool that allows them to input data they are interested in, access new data on economic activity from Mastercard, and then analyze the results to gain insights to drive future economic development activities.

Outcome

This pilot is ongoing with initial data collection slated for early 2018.

CHICAGO EARLY LEARNING PORTAL

Partners

City of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, Department of Family and Support Services, University of Chicago Urban Education Lab, Illinois Action for Children, Ounce of Prevention

Goal

The Chicago Early Learning portal is a website that assists parents in learning about and applying for early learning programs throughout the city. In response to the City of Chicago’s commitment to increase access to quality early learning programs, Chicago Early Learning was designed in collaboration with City staff, early learning stakeholders, and parents to create an accessible, mobile-friendly website that serves all parents.

Outcome

Over the last five years, we gathered relevant center data and information, designed feature enhancements, and conducted user feedback sessions to develop the Chicago Early Learning portal. As of January 1, 2018, this project will be transitioned to the City of Chicago.

FOODBORNE CHICAGO

Partners

CDPH, Corey Nissen, Joel Olson

Goal

Foodborne Chicago, uses a program on Twitter that is designed to detect language that suggests an individual is suffering from food poisoning. After identifying local Twitter users who allege that Windy City restaurants caused a bout of food poisoning, the City uses volunteers to contact the afflicted resident and suggest that he or she file a complaint with the Department of Public Health.

Outcomes

Foodborne has processed 3,701 number of tweets and submissions since March 23rd, 2013, resulting in 2462 reports submitted to CDPH.

FOREST PRESERVES OF COOK COUNTY

Partners

Cook County Forest Preserves, Kalov Strategies

Goal

Protecting Cook County, IL’s forests and making the county’s wildlife accessible to residents for education, pleasure, and recreation is the goal of Forest Preserves of Cook County (FPCC). One of the core challenges facing the organization is getting people to the county’s preserves and trails: residents may be unaware of the abundance of wildlife in the area surrounding Chicago or may be intimidated by the challenge of navigating the county’s forests. In an effort to fill this knowledge gap, FPCC partnered with Smart Chicago to produce Forest Preserves of Cook County Web Map, a visualization that plots each of the county’s forest preserves and maps all of the trails available in each forest.

Outcome

This product is ongoing.