Making Smart Parks in Oak Park: How the Internet of Things Improves Parks for the Community

Park District of Oak Park, IL. For the TLG 2018 Case Study program

Dec 5, 2017

One of the most popular features of a community are their parks, including playgrounds, and open spaces. However, this is one of the most difficult features to measure usage and value. Using new solar powered smart benches, we have, for the first time, been able to gather consistent data about how parks are being used. At the same time, we have been able to provide residents with solar powered charging stations for their phones. Using this raw data on park use by people, we have been able to show the impact weather, special events, and other programmed, planned, or unplanned occurrences have on the amount of residents in the parks.

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