- + CUBS NIGHT GAME ALERTS
- + ENERGY TECHNOLOGY, REBATE, AND INCENTIVE MATCHING
- + SMART GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE MONITORING
- + UNDERGROUND INFRASTRUCTURE MAPPING
- + CHICAGO HEALTH ATLAS
- + WATTTIME
- + ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLATFORM
- + CHICAGO EARLY LEARNING PORTAL
- + FOODBORNE CHICAGO
- + FOREST PRESERVES OF COOK COUNTY
CUBS NIGHT GAME ALERTS
Mastercard, Chicago Transit Authority, ideas42, Syniverse
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.
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
ComEd, Microsoft, Mastercard, Civis Analytics, Elevate Energy
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.
This pilot will kick-off in early 2018.
SMART GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE MONITORING
Microsoft, Senformatics, OptiRTC, Chicago Department of Transportation, Chicago Department of Water Management, AECOM, West Monroe Partners
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.
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
Accenture, HBK Engineering, Microsoft, ComEd, Chicago Department of Transportation, Chicago Department of Water Management, ESRI, CityZenith, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
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.
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
Chicago Department of Public Health, Otho S.A. Sprague Memorial Institute
The Chicago Health Atlas is a re-imagined website developed by the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and City Tech Collaborative to allow Chicago residents and public health stakeholders to easily search, analyze and download health data for the city of Chicago. With data from more than 30 sources, users can explore the health outcomes, behaviors and characteristics of their neighborhoods and the entire city of Chicago. The Chicago Health Atlas includes street-level maps of resources (grocery stores, schools, clinics, housing services, etc.) for 55 community areas. Data contained in the Chicago Health Atlas can be downloaded and all charts, maps and tables can be printed for use in grant applications, community meetings, or presentations.
With the updated Atlas, users are able to:
- Explore data for more than 160 measures of health
- View a profile of your community’s health and compare to the city overall
- Display graphs of health disparities and trends over time
- Print and download data summaries
- Map a wide variety of community resources across 55 community areas
- Get data directly from the Atlas to create new apps, tools and visualizations through an open application programming interface (API)
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.
This pilot is ongoing with Phase 1 focused on displaying marginal emissions data for our building managers.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLATFORM
Mastercard, Microsoft, Greater London Authority, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Choose Chicago
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.
This pilot is ongoing with initial data collection slated for early 2018.
CHICAGO EARLY LEARNING PORTAL
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
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.
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.
CDPH, Corey Nissen, Joel Olson
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.
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
Cook County Forest Preserves, Kalov Strategies
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.
This product is ongoing.