Digital Cities: The Hudson Yards Project
The Hudson Yards project is not only one of the largest real estate development projects in the USA but also one of the largest city-wide data collection projects. To facilitate this data capture, a significant component of the project is a new digital infrastructure that will track human behaviour on an unprecedented scale.
Working with a number of technologies previously used for mapping and monitoring more remote locations, in conjunction with a myriad of sensors, cell phone and wifi technology, the project designers and planners aim to capture data everyone is interested in – pollution levels, water usage, traffic, retail patterns and much more.
One of the contributors makes an interesting point about the project having access to a range and quality of data not currently available from public data sources but didn’t elaborate on whether the public would also have access to some or all of this data.