City sensors make bill-paying easier, track urban health

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Some of Chicago’s residents who pay for trash collection by volume now have their bills automatically generated. New trash carts containing radio-frequency identifier (RFID) chips allow Lakeshore Recycling Systems to quickly link collections to the correct household. The system is currently being used in the Highland Park area. In wider use throughout the city are the Array of Things sensors developed by a team of scientists from the University of Chicago, the Argonne National Laboratory and the City of Chicago. Installed on lamp posts and the sides of buildings, the sensors track the city’s general wellbeing. Temperature, traffic patterns, air…

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