Pennsylvania Avenue 2040

Pennsylvania Avenue and U.S. Congress Building

CAAREN is working in collaboration with the D.C. government, Golden Triangle BID and the National Capital Planning Commission on the launch of the Pennsylvania Avenue 2040 initiative.

PA 2040 is a project to actualize today what Pennsylvania Avenue might look like in 2040. In this effort, CAAREN is working with GW researchers to develop and install environmental sensing hubs across the city, starting with Pennsylvania Avenue. CAAREN will be used to aggregate live sensing data, provide access to city-wide data repositories and establish an Open Science Data Platform where users can analyze and share environmental sensing, and other data, such as traffic video from sensors built into the modern low-energy street lights.

These lights also house WiFi nodes that will be available for visitors to the PA 2040 area to use. The on-the-pole WiFi will be used to stream some of the environmental sensing data over to CAAREN, while other sensors will be connected using Ethernet, Cellular or Low Frequency Wireless methods, depending on their location.

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