SmartCityPHL is designed by Comcast and US Ignite to help collect real-time data about all kinds of things.
The Midtown Village district in Philadelphia will soon be implementing a smart city project to collect data related to air quality, weather, and traffic. Part of the SmartCityPHL project, SmartBlockPHL is the pilot program and is a partnership between the city, Comcast, US Ignite, and Juganu. The project is designed to collect information in real time, by utilizing cloud computing. Labonno Islam, digital engagement and communications manager for the city's Office of Innovation and Technology said, "The goal of this project was to test and validate new sensor-based technologies against legacy methods of collecting the same information." It is still unclear how the data will be used, but the companies involved have made it clear that no personal identifiable information will be collected.